Manny Pacquiao has agreed to terms for an April 12 rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas against Tim Bradley, who appears to be on the verge of accepting his side of the deal as well, according to Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.
Bradley's disputed split-decision over Pacquaio won the WBO's 147-pound belt at the MGM in June of 2012.
"We're finishing up. We finished up with Manny, and we're finishing up with Bradley," said Arum. "So assuming we finish with Bradley, once we've got everything in place, then we'll make the announcement."
Arum had expected to announce that a deal had been reached on Friday, having informed RingTV.com's Tim Smith on Thursday that press conferences are being targeted for Feb. 4 in Los Angeles, and for Feb. 5 in New York.
"It's all contingent upon Bradley," said Pacquiao's advisor, Michael Koncz. "We have pretty much agreed to terms contingent upon Bradley accepting the offer that we've been informed that he's been given."
Arum said Bradley, 30, is working with his stepson, Top Rank President Todd duBoef.
Pacquiao, who turned 35 in December, is coming off November's unanimous decision over former 140-pound titleholder Brandon Rios, who made his welterweight debut.
In victory, Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 knockouts) rebounded from the loss to Bradley and from being dropped twice during a sixth-round stoppage loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in December of 2012.
Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) has won his last two fights by rising from a 12th-round knockdown to unanimously decision Ruslan Provodnikov in March of last year before earning October's split-decision over Marquez, who is 1-2-1 against Pacquiao.
GOLDEN BOY DEBUTS IN BRAZIL WITH BRONZE MEDALIST YAMAGUCHI FALCAO ON SATURDAY
Golden Boy Promotions makes its Brazilian debut on Saturday in Santos, Brazil, with a card featuring the pro debut of 2012 Olympic light heavyweight Bronze medalist Yamaguchi Falcao, who signed with Golden Boy in October, and a main event pitting hometown hero Adeilson Dos Santos (12-0, 9 KOs) against Carlos Gaston Suarez (6-2, 1 KO). The card will be shown on Globosat.
A native of Vitoria, Brazil, Falcao was born into combat sports, as his father was a former mixed martial artist who gave his son the first name of his Japanese trainer, Yamaguchi.
Along with his brother, middleweight Esquiva Falcao, a winner of a silver medal in the 2012 Summer Games, Yamaguchi Falcao entered the world of amateur boxing, hoping to one day escape the poverty they grew up around.
Falcao will face Martin Fidel "El Terrible" Rios (9-0-2, 3 KO's) in an eight-round middleweight bout.
Dos Santos, 21, is coming off a second-round stoppage of previously unbeaten Marcos Gabriel Martinez in September,
MARCO HUCK-ARSLAN FIRAT II SLATED FOR SATURDAY
For Arslan, who turns 43 in September, the fight is a chance at redemption after losing to Huck by scores of 115-113, 115-113, and 1117-111.
Arslan dethroned Virgil Hill as WBA titleholder in November of 2007, and defended the belt once, and rebounded from the loss to Huck with a unanimous-decision win over Varol Vekiloglu in April of last year.
Meanwhile, Huck, 29, is coming off June's majority-decision victory over Ola Afolabi, whom he had battled to a draw in May of 2012 before facing Arslan six months later.
Prior to his second fight with Afolabi, whom he had unanimously decisioned in December of 2009, Huck had fallen by disputed majority decision to unbeten heavyweight Alexander Povetkin in February of 2012.
DUSTY HERNANDEZ-HARRISON IN GABRIEL ROSADO'S RINGWALK FOR JERMELL CHARLO FIGHT
Philadelphia's Gabriel Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs) will be accompanied by a Puerto Rican flag-waving welterweight prospect, Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (19-0, 11 KOs), of Washington, D.C., on Saturday when Rosado makes his ringwalk to face junior middleweight contender Jermell Charlo (22-0, 11 KOs) in a Showtime-televised bout at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C.
Rosado, who turned 28 on Jan. 14, is of Puerto Rican descent, and the nearly 6-foot-1 Hernandez-Harrison is the 19-year-old son of a Puerto Rican mother and an Irish father, the latter of whom, Buddy Harrison, also serves as Hernandez-Harrison's trainer.
"We've known Rosado over the years, and Billy Briscoe is the cut man for Dusty, and he's Rosado's trainer. So they've been to my gym, we picked them up at their hotel, and they came and Rosado worked out at my gym on Wednesday," said Buddy Harrison, referring to his Old School Gym facility in Fort Washington, Md.
"Rosado had camp in Puerto Rico, so his sparring was done. But he worked out for a couple of hours. He and Dusty are pretty close, and because of the Puerto Rican side, Dusty's going to be walking Rosado out and waving the Puerto Rican flag.
Buddy Harrison expects Rosado to be on hand a week later as Hernandez-Harrison faces Philadelphia's Tim Witherspoon Jr. (10-3-1, 2 KOs) in an eight-round bout on ESPN2 on Jan. 31 from the Richard J. Cody Arena in West Orange, N.J.,
Hernandez-Harrison was last in the ring for November's first-round stoppage of Marlon Lewis, Hernandez-Harrison will be on a card whose main event features light heavyweight contender Blake Caparello against ex-beltholder Elvir Muriqi, with a co-feature of junior featherweights featuring Luis Rosa against Jorge Diaz.
Hernandez-Harrison will take place on the eve of the NFL’s Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
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