My guess was right. And there are reports that former WBO welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley Jr. will slug it out once more comes November this year. However, there's no specific place and date of the rematch yet. But at least, many boxing analysts and writers are already putting their reassurance that the rematch will finally resolve the controversy.
This early, millions of Filipino boxing fans are clamoring for the fight to be held in Manila. I don't have any hint as to why they wanted it to be held in the Philippines? Of course, Pacquiao will feel at home to fight in his home turf with Bradley. But wherever it may be held doesn't matter at all. What is important is for the promoters to approve of the fight.
It is given that whenever Pacquiao fights in Las Vegas, the Sin City and gambling capital of the world generates millions of revenues for its coffer. And even the mayor of Las Vegas had expressed gratitude every time Pacquiao comes to fight in Las Vegas. I'm sure boxing promoter Bob Arum is still fuming mad over the questionable decision of the two judges who favored Bradley, who got better score cards in the last three rounds of the fight. Yet, Bradley won the fight to the dismay of the millions of boxing fans around the world. And with humility, Pacquiao admitted the defeat like a real man.
Yes, the fight was over. But the frustrations that still are painted on the faces of those who had the chance to watch the fight. Even if there was no prodding from the promoters as to whether to investigate the two judges who scored in favor of Bradley would be investigated or not, the Nevada sports officials should have made the initiative to do so. But as of this writing, nothing specific has been initiated yet. Many boxing fans are wondering if the officials' silence is a deliberate attempt on their part to ignore their clamors.
For sure, the rematch is going to take place. But the barometer as to whether it will be watched by much many boxing fans remains hanging in the air. One thing sure is that whoever wins in the rematch, that's it. Even if Pacquiao wins the return bout, it will now be up to the promoters if they want to stage another bout like what happened to the Pacquiao-Marquez fights.
This time, the huge revenues that are expected to be earned from the rematch will shift from Las Vegas to Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.