Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will clash once again tonight on HBO pay-per-view, returning to the scene of the crime, as it were, where 22 months ago at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Bradley's hand was raised in a stunning split decision victory over Manny, a verdict few agreed with apart from judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford.
Tonight, Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO) looks to regain the WBO welterweight title belt he lost to Bradley (31-0, 12 KO) in that fight. They've come to the rematch via very different paths. In December 2012, Pacquiao was brutally knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez, then took an 11-month break from active duty before facing Brandon Rios in a tailor-made bounce-back fight in Macau, winning handily and looking refreshed in the process.
Bradley, meanwhile, sat out nine months before facing Ruslan Provodnikov in what was supposed to be a tune-up return on HBO last March, but turned into a Fight of the Year war, with Bradley showing toughness, heart, and an ability to go toe-to-toe with a determined slugger who had nothing to lose. Bradley eked out the decision that night, then looked fantastic in out-boxing Juan Manuel Marquez in October of last year.
Will any of their fights since their first fight matter tonight? Bradley is a different style than Rios or Marquez, and Pacquiao obviously a different style than Marquez or Provodnikov.
Will Bradley be better than last time? Will Pacquiao get the revenge many don't even feel he truly needs?
(Poll will close at 10:00 pm EDT)