All Photos by Stacey Verbeek
Manny Pacquiao smiles during the final press conference for his upcoming fight against undefeated Jr. Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. Top Rank announced that the June 9 Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley world welterweight championship event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will be available live on both pay-per-view television and online. The four-bout pay-per-view card, produced and distributed live online by Top Rank for $54.95.
$54.95 is a lot of money. According to Keith Kizer, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Pacquiao’s purse will be $6 million, although he is guaranteed $26 million by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, the remaining $20 million will be paid over an undisclosed number or days or weeks (that he and Arum agreed upon) as the revenue from the fight comes in.
Bradley’s purse will be a career-high $5 million plus a small percent of PPV buys. Bradley said during the final presser:
“I’m ready to shock the world. I’m ready to do whatever it takes in there to win the fight. Let’s get it on baby, it’s going to be war.”
Pacquiao is a fast-handed, sharp puncher who will swarm an opponent if he senses he can wade in without fret.
“He’s a hungry fighter, he’s young and I know what he’s feeling. I feel like I’m 22 years old. My team wants to stop me from training but I keep pushing because I know Bradley is inspired to train hard to beat me.”