They'll do it (at least) one more time, as Top Rank officially announced today that a deal is finalized to give Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley an April 12 HBO pay-per-view rematch, once again from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO) was robbed in the minds of most when he lost a split decision to Bradley (31-0, 12 KO) in 2012. The worst thing to come out of all of it have been the Duane Ford "boxing lesson" jokes on Twitter and in stupid boxing articles posted on the interwebs, which is saying a lot given how bad the decision was.
This time, though, Pacquiao is 35 years old an clearly has his better days behind him. He was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012 and looked, you know, good but fairly pedestrian against a hand-picked opponent in Brandon Rios on on November 23, his only fight in 2013.
Bradley, 30, has gone 2-0 since beating Pacquiao. He outgutted Ruslan Provodnikov in a 2013 Fight of the Year candidate in March, and then clearly beat Juan Manuel Marquez in their October PPV bout.
Is there a good chance that a healthy, in-prime Bradley might have too much skill and will for an aging Pacquiao? Or will Manny be out for whatever his version of blood is these days? Time will tell, but we'll find out on April 12.