The events leading up to Pacquiao's match.
Tonight is the eve before Pacquiao's much awaited match. If you remember, this match earned the ire of some politicians also running for a seat in the Senate. The Commission on Elections early on urged Pacquiao to reschedule the match at least after the May 2016 elections because it appears to be unfair publicity, but later recanted justifying that no one had lodged a formal complaint against Pacquiao, thus they couldn't take action and also had no proof that it would result to unfair publicity for the Saranggani representatives Senate bid.
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A few days as well before the match, Pacquiao once again got public attention after he defied the ban The Grove imposed on him after the homophobic slurs some people perceived when he was talking about his stance on same-sex marriage. Popular stars like David Bautista, a.k.a. professional wrestler 'Batista' and Mike Tyson voiced their disagreement, with expletives, against Manny. Pacquiao was even attacked by an unknown assailant towards the tail-end of the days before the match, slurring expletives at Pacquiao for his comments on same-sex marriage.
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Will Pacquiao win this Sunday?
Despite losing against Floyd Mayweather, Pacquiao still retains his superstar status and is touted as the favorite in his coming match. According to featured columnist at the Bleacher Reports Steve Silverman, Pacquiao is the 4-9 favorite against Bradley's 9-4 underdog status.
Pacquiao looks to stick to the same strategy he has been an expert for his fighting career: go hard and go fast. Pacquiao is expected jump the early lead and dictate the pace of the match in order to create a favorable distance for him. It's expected to be a complete 12-round match, with odds at Pacquiao's side. However, Bradley is not the same boxer he was when he first squared off with the Pacman. Transitioning from a his stick-and-run style, he became more aggressive of a fighter and is expected to take Pacquiao head-on. He's expected to hone this further after losing to Pacquiao in their second bout.
Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr., a legendary middle and heavyweight champion, along with Robert Duran, and trainers Robert Garcia and Nacho Beristain, have all thrown in the their towel to Pacquiao's camp. According to Jones Jr., he expects a "sure win" from Pacquiao, whom he expects will give a good match in what appears to his last match. Both Jones and Pacquiao have become historic for stepping up to different weight classes throughout their storied careers.
Today at the weigh-in, Pacquiao stepped at 145.5 pounds, while his opponent Timothy Bradley weighed in exactly one pound heavier at 146.5 pounds.
Pacquiao's current record is at 57-6-2, 38 knockouts, while Bradley is at 33-1-1, 13 knockouts. The younger Bradley is looking to win this match to finally settle the score, while Pacquiao looks to finish his famous career by ending it with a victory.
“It’s a wonderful fight, I look forward to a good night,” Jones, who was doing radio rounds at MGM Grand prior to the weigh in, told Inquirer.