PACQUIAO vs. BRADLEY UNDERCARD

PACQUIAO vs. BRADLEY UNDERCARD

TO FEATURE TWO WORLD TITLE FIGHTS

AND JORGE ARCE’S RETURN TO LAS VEGAS!

        LAS VEGAS, NEV. (April 26,
2012)

If the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley, Jr. World Welterweight Championship
pay-per-view undercard was a poker hand it would be two pairs of world title
fighters, Arce High!  Six gladiators will
be going mano a mano in two world championship rumbles and a 10-round junior
featherweight brawl.

 

The three-bout pay-per-view
undercard will feature undefeated No. 1 welterweight contender MIKE “MJ” JONES battling two-time world
champion and current No. 2 contender RANDALL “The Knockout King” BAILEY for
the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight title; undefeated
World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight champion GUILLERMO “El Chacal” RIGONDEAUX
defending his title against world-rated TEON “The Technician” KENNEDY; and
five-division world champion and Méxican icon JORGE “Travieso” ARCE, in his first
fight in a Las Vegas ring in more than one year, taking on Puerto Rican knockout
artist JESUS ROJAS in a 10-round
junior featherweight fight.

 

These six warriors boast a combined
record of 171-15-5 (128 KOs) – a winning percentage of 90% and a victory by
knockout ratio of 75%.

 

The
Pacquiao vs. Bradley World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship
collision will take place Saturday, June
9,
at the MGM Grand Garden Arena
in Las Vegas, Nev.  The event will be
produced and distributed Live by HBO
Pay-Per-View
®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

 

Promoted by Top Rank, in
association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, remaining
tickets to Pacquiao vs. Bradley are priced at
$1,200, $900, $600, $400, and $200.
Ticket sales at $1,200, $900, $600 and
$400 are limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $200 are limited to two
(2) per person.  To charge by phone with
a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000.  Tickets also will be available for purchase
at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

“The
fight card on June 9 will be a treat for all boxing fans,” said Hall of Fame
promoter Bob Arum. “These will be great
high-action fights as will be our main event with world champions Manny Pacquiao
and Timothy Bradley.”

           

Jones (26-0, 19 KOs), of
Philadelphia, Pa., will be making his first world title challenge in a
professional career that began with a second-round TKO of Jason Thompson on
December 16, 2005 in Philadelphia.  The
5’11 Jones, 29, has collected NABA and NABO welterweight titles en route to his
ascent to the top of the welterweight ratings, which has included victories over
Henry Bruseles, Jesus Soto- Karass (twice), Irving Garcia and Hector
Muñoz. Jones, who is
co-promoted by Hall of Fame inductee Russell Peltz, returns to the ring after
winning a dominating 12-round unanimous decision over Sebastian Lujan in an IBF
title elimination bout, at Madison Square Garden on December 3.

Bailey (41-7, 36 KOs), of
Miami, Fla., is no stranger to world championship fights having won world titles
twice, so far, in his 16-year professional career.  He captured his first world title, the WBO
junior welterweight championship, in 1999, via a first-round knockout of
defending champion Carlos Gonzalez. Bailey successfully defended the title
twice, both by knockout, against Hector Lopez and Ray Martinez before losing it
via split decision to Ener Julio in 2000 in a very exciting fight.  In 2002 Bailey captured the WBA interim super
lightweight belt with a third-round knockout of Demetrio Ceballos.  Bailey, now trained by two-division world
champion John David Jackson, earned his latest title shot with a first-round
knockout of Jackson Osei-Bonsu, in an IBF title elimination bout in
2010.

Rigondeaux (9-0, 7 KOs), a
two-time Olympic gold medalist and seven-time Cuban National Champion, lives in
Miami, Fla.  The Cuban southpaw, who made
his professional debut in 2009, won the WBA interim super bantamweight title the
following year, in only his seventh pro outing, on November 13, 2010, winning a
split decision over former world champion Ricardo Cordoba. After successfully
defending the title with a first-round knockout of undefeated former European
super bantamweight champion Willie Casey on March 11, 2011, he dethroned the
previously undefeated WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos in the sixth
round of their January 20 title fight. This will be Rigondeaux’s first defense
of his world title.

Kennedy (17-1-2, 7 KOs),
of Philadelphia, Pa., was an amateur standout, winning gold at the 2004 National
Golden Gloves Championships and the U.S. National Under 19 Championships and the
2001 Pan American Cadet Championships.
His five-year professional boasts a USBA junior featherweight title
reign, which he won in 2009 by knocking out Francisco Rodriguez in the
10th round.  He successfully
defended that title twice with 12-round unanimous decisions over Jose Beranza
and previously undefeated Jorge Diaz in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Kennedy
also captured the NABA super bantamweight title in 2010, knocking out Alejandro
Becerra in the 10th round. In his last fight, Kennedy was awarded a
disputed draw with Chris Martin, on January 13, a fight most ringside observers
thought was won by Kennedy.

Arce
(60-6-2, 46 KOs), from Los Mochis, México, is one of boxing’s
most exciting and popular fighters.  The
all-action warrior has won world championships or interim world titles in all
five divisions between 108 and 122 pounds.
A future first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee, Arce enters this fight
riding a two-year, nine bout unbeaten streak which includes victories over Angky
Angkota for the WBO junior bantamweight title, Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. for the WBO
junior featherweight belt and Angkota again, this time for the WBO bantamweight
crown, the title Arce currently holds.

Rojas (18-1-1, 13 KOs),
from Caguas, Puerto Rico, enters this fight riding a two-year, six-bout unbeaten
streak.  Known for his aggressive style,
good punching power in both hands, impressive skills and movement and a strong
amateur background with close to 200 amateur fights, Rojas, 25, is ready to take
the next step in going toe-to-toe with the great Arce.

The
Pacquiao-Bradley world championship telecast, which begins at 9:00 p.m. ET /
6:00 p.m. PT, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View and will
be available to more than 92 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be
available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View, a
division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming
to the pay-per-view industry.

 

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