With less than a week before the first and perhaps biggest bout of the spring 2014 boxing season, events are ramping up for the rematch of Manny Pacquiao versus Timothy Bradley, Jr. in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 12.
Eight division champion Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) and current WBO welterweight title holder Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) meet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The fight will be shown on HBO pay per view on Saturday April 12, at 9 p.m. ET. Communities Digital News will host a live online chat starting at 9 p.m. ET with the televised undercard fights.
Short of scoring yourself one of the remaining $1,000 ringside seats for the fight, there will be plenty of ways for fight fans to enjoy the action from afar.
As part of their marketing agreement, ESPN will have access to HBO’s fight content, including post-fight, in-ring interviews, press conference and weigh-in coverage, HBO’s behind-the-scenes reality series “24/7: Pacquiao/Bradley 2,” classic Pacquiao and Bradley fights and Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 non-televised undercard fights.
ESPN Classic and ESPN Deportes will air a selection of previous fights by Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley including Pacquiao vs. Bradley I, and Bradley vs. Ruslan Provodnikov, which was nearly every boxing writer’s 2013 Fight of the Year (including mine).
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and HBO will air repeats of the first two episodes of “24/7: Pacquiao vs Bradley 2,” HBO’s Emmy-Award-winning all-access reality series, following both fighters as they prepare for their showdown throughout the week. Check listings for showtimes. Friday and Saturday, the third and final episode will be added to the schedule leading up to Saturday’s bout. All episodes are also available on demand at HBOGo.
ESPN Sports Center, 9 p.m. ET nightly.
Live interviews with Manny Pacquiao, Timothy Bradley, trainers Freddie Roach and Joel Diaz, and others nightly on Sports Center.
Tuesday, April 8
The week kicks off on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. local time as fight fans are invited to Pacquiao’s and Bradley’s “grand arrivals” at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby. These are free events and fun to see even if you aren’t a big boxing fan for the celebrity buzz, media crush, and excitement.
Wednesday, April 9
Pacquiao vs. Bradley II Final Live News Conference airs live on ESPN3 and TopRank.com/Livestream, 4 p.m. ET; rebroadcast at 6 p.m. ET
Future and former Presidents? Manny Pacquiao meets President Bill Clinton at “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Future and former Presidents? Manny Pacquiao meets President Bill Clinton at “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Photo: ABC
Thursday, April 10
Final episode of “24/7: Pacquiao/Bradley 2,” 8:30 p.m. ET/PT
HBO will air its final installment of the documentary series following both fighters and their camps leading up to the bout.
Friday, April 11
Fighter Weigh-In airs on HBO, ESPN3, ESPN.com and SportsCenter: 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
HBO, ESPN3, and ESPN Deportes (Spanish) will broadcast the weigh-in for the fight live at 6:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. PT.
ESPN will feature fight previews, interviews and analysis during its “Friday Night Fights” broadcast at 9 p.m. ET.
If you are in Las Vegas for the weekend, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame hosts its “Party With Boxing’s Legends” fundraiser on Friday night at 8 p.m. at the New Tropicana Las Vegas. The event is a ‘meet and greet’, autograph and photo session. Among those confirmed as attending are Sugar Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Ishe Smith, Kevin Kelley, Clarence “Bones” Adams, Richard Steele, referee Kenny Bayless, Miguel Diaz, boxing journalists Al Bernstein and Harold Lederman.
Saturday, April 12
Live Pay Per View Broadcast, HBO PPV, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT (undercard fights).
ESPN3 will carry Pacquaio vs. Bradley non-televised undercard fights Saturday starting at 7 p.m. ET.
ESPN Deportes’ “Golpe a Golpe” will air a special live pre-fight show with Jorge Eduardo Sánchez, Bernard Osuna, and boxer Juan Manuel Márquez reporting live from Las Vegas at 8 p.m. ET. Following the fights, ESPN Deportes will air a special post-fight show live on Sunday morning at 2 a.m. ET (11 p.m. PT).
On Twitter, follow the hashtag #PacBradley2 to keep up with the online conversation. You can follow the discussion via the world’s leading boxing media, fighters, trainers and fans via my Boxing list on Twitter.
Communities Digital News will keep you up to date with all of the latest news and developments right up to fight time Saturday. For fight night we will host a Live Online Chat starting with the PPV undercard fights starting at 9 p.m. ET. CDN’s blow by blow commentary is the next best thing to being there (or spending $70 on PPV). See you ringside on Saturday.