Gareth A Davies

Manny Pacquiao wants Hatton-like win, says Bob Arum

EXCLUSIVE: Bob Arum: Timothy Bradley's attempts to goad Manny Pacquiao into 'a wild fight' have failed

Promoter Bob Arum claims Manny Pacquiao is looking for redemption
against Timothy Bradley with "an outcome like the Ricky Hatton fight"

 

By Gareth A Davies, The Telegraph

Timothy Bradley's crude attempts to draw Manny Pacquiao "into a wild fight" in their rematch in Las Vegas on Saturday night have failed, according to promoter Bob Arum, who claims that the Filipino is looking for redemption with "an outcome like the Ricky Hatton fight."

Pacquiao flattened Hatton in two vicious, devastating rounds in Sin City in 2008. "We would like this to be emphatic. We would love an outcome like the Ricky Hatton fight," veteran promoter Arum told Telegraph Sport in an exclusive interview as the two protagonists arrived on The Strip in the Mojave Desert on Tuesday.

Arum, who has overseen Pacquiao's rise and rise from poverty to politics, acknowledges that Californian Bradley poses problems in the ring, and seems to have a knack of finding a way to win close fights.

But the Top Rank Inc. chief also believes that Bradley's frustration at not being able to get under Pacquiao's skin is self-evident after the controversial first meeting in 2012 in which two of the judges awarded the outcome to the American.

Arum estimates that the contest will reach between 1 million and 1.2 million pay-per-view buys in the United States, marking it as a huge earner, and overall reaching the 60-70 million dollar mark. …

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