LOS ANGELES – The Pacman has landed.
The former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao arrived at Los Angeles International Airport at 8:40 p.m. Sunday night ahead of his press conference Tuesday afternoon to announce his rematch with Timothy Bradley on April 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.
Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) of General Santos City, Philippines landed at the airport two hours late due to inclement weather and wore a light jacket as he exited the airport. “Malamig dito sa L.A.,” said Pacquiao, which translates to “It’s cold here in L.A.”
Pacquiao’s adversary Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) will have no trouble with traveling to the City of Angels, as the WBO welterweight titleholder hails from two hours east in Palm Springs, Calif. Bradley, 30, is coming off a split-decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez, whose stock had been on the rise after knocking Pacquiao, now 35, out in six rounds in 2012.
Bradley defeated Pacquiao by a controversial split-decision in their first fight in 2012, but 48 of 51 boxing reporters polled after the fight felt Pacquiao deserved the win.
Pacquiao rebounded from the consecutive losses with a dominant decision victory over former WBA lightweight titleholder in Macau this past November.
After Los Angeles, Pacquiao and Bradley will head to New York on Thursday to conclude their press tour. – Rappler.com