by Jesse Ian Lardies
On June 9th, Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao will return to Las Vegas, Nevada to take on the undefeated Timothy Bradley in a 12 round defense of his WBO welterweight championship of the world. Broadcasting live on HBO PPV, the televised portion of the undercard will begin at 9 p.m EST and 6 p.m. PT.
Featured on the undercard will be fan favorite Mexican WBO bantamweight champ, Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce (60-6-2, 46 KOs) in a 10-round non-title jr. featherweight affair against Puerto Rican, Jesus Rojas (18-1-1, 13 KOs). In his last bout, also a non-title contest, Arce knocked out Venezuelan, Lorenzo Parra in the fifth round of a scheduled ten round bout.
Defending his WBA super bantamweight title will be former decorated Cuban amateur champion and multiple Olympic gold medal winner, Guillermo ‘The Jackal’ Rigondeaux (9-0, 7 KOs). Rigondeaux is scheduled for 12 rounds of action against the once-beaten Philadelphia resident, Teon ‘The Technician’ Kennedy (17-1-2, 7 KOs).
In the lead-in to the main event, Opa-Locka, Florida native Randall ‘The Knock-Out King’ Bailey (42-7, 36 KOs) takes on the undefeated 29- year-old Philadelphia native, Mike ‘M.J.’ Jones (26-0, 19 KOs). The 12-round bout bout will be for the vacant IBF welterweight title.
In the highly anticipated main event, future first ballot hall of famer, Manny ‘Pac-Man’ Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) defends his WBO welterweight title against former unified Jr. welterweight champion Timothy ‘Desert Storm’ Bradley (28-0, 12 Kos) from Palm Springs, California.
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