Bradley already planning rematch
June, 7, 2012
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
Chris Farina/Top RankThat's the ticket: Confident of a win, Timothy Bradley Jr. is already plotting a Manny Pacquiao rematch.LAS VEGAS -- Junior welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley Jr. has sounded awfully confident in the lead-up to his challenge of welterweight titleholder Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. So confident of victory is Bradley that he has even had a mock poster and oversized ticket made up for a rematch with Pacquiao, which he displayed at Wednesday's final news conference.
Bradley's poster comes complete with a supposed on-sale date for tickets -- June 10, the day after Bradley expects to defeat Pacquiao, necessitating a sequel -- and a date for the fight, Nov. 10.
All promotional games aside, if Bradley indeed pulls off the upset -- he is roughly a 5-to-1 underdog at the MGM sports book -- Pacquiao has a contractual option to make an immediate rematch if he wants it, Cameron Dunkin, Bradley's manager, told ESPN.com.
"There's an immediate rematch," Dunkin said, "and [Top Rank promoter] Bob [Arum] has already pulled the date, as you know: Nov. 10."
Dunkin said the contract sets forth the financial terms for Bradley in the potential rematch.
"There are minimums in there, and they are extremely good for Tim," Dunkin said.
Bradley said he expects to win and to face Pacquiao -- who has won 15 consecutive fights since his last loss, a decision to Erik Morales in 2005 -- again in November.
"I would love to do a rematch with Pacquiao after winning this fight," he said. "Let's do it. Nov. 10.
"Because there is a rematch clause in our fight contract, I will have to beat Manny Pacquiao again in November."