The program will air from 9:30-to-10 p.m. ET/PT as Bradley (28-0, 12 knockouts) faces a southpaw for his third straight fight in Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), whose 15-bout winning streak includes eight knockouts.
Other HBO playdates are May 26 at 12:25 a.m.; May 27 at 9 a.m.; May 28 at 6:30 p.m. and 2:40 a.m.; May 29 at 10:00 p.m.; May 30 at 9 a.m.; May 31 at 5 p.m. and 2:45 a.m.; June 1 at 12:30 a.m.; June 2 at 10:30 a.m.; June 8 at 7 p.m. and June 9 at 10 a.m.
HBO2 playdates are May 27 at 11:45 p.m.; May 30 at 10:30 p.m.; June 8 at 12:35 a.m; June 9 at 5:30 p.m.; and June 10 at 9:50 a.m.
PACQUIAO-BRADLEY OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED
Pacquiao will earn a guaranteed $6 million compared to $5 million for his rival, according to Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Referee Robert Byrd will be the third man in the ring, and the judges will be Jerry Roth, C.J. Ross and Duane Ford, said Kizer.
ANTONIO DEMARCO RETURNS AGAINST ALEJANDRO SANABRIA ON AUG. 20
WBC lightweight beltholder Antonio DeMarco (27-2-1, 20 KOs) will be after his fifth straight win when he defends his belt against once-beaten Alejandro Sanabria (32-1-1, 24 KOs) on Aug. 20 in either Mexicali or Tijuana, DeMarco’s promoter, Gary Shaw, has announced.
DeMarco is coming off a fifth round knockout of Miguel Ramon in March that marked the first defense of the crown he earned with a come-from-behind, 11th-round knockout of former two-division beltholder Jorge Linares in October of last year.
A 26-year-old southpaw, DeMarco last suffered defeat by ninth-round knockout to the late Venezuelan Edwin Valero (27-0, 27 KOs) in 2010.
“I am ready to fight,” said DeMarco. “I have been in the gym working lightly, but, soon, we will pick up the pace.”
Among Sanabria’s biggest wins was in February of last year by unanimous decision over Rocky Juarez, who had lost his previous fight the same way to Linares.
“Sanabria is a strong fighter. I know I will have to be at my best but I am not worried, I am sure my team will put together a good strategy for the fight,” said DeMarco. “I am happy to be fighting in Baja California, something I have not done in a long time, so I am looking forward to it.”
RUMBLE IN VENICE RETURNS
The Rumble In Venice is back for the fifth year at The Venice Beach of California, it is free to the public and it takes place on Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.
Free to the public and hosted by Espada Boxing in association with Joe Wheatley Productions and sponsored by Thermalife, Rumble In Venice is a popular, Los Angeles-based amateur fight card that features the UCLA and USC boxing teams as well as some of the most talented prospects in the city.
“It’s an opportunity for all of these young guys from all of the programs to showcase their talents for the world to see. Venice Beach is the West Coast’s Coney Island and a really big tourist attraction, so we get thousands of people coming out there every year coming to see the fights and the show. Is it a launching pad for some of their pro careers? Absolutely,” said Ramon Espada, who coaches both teams at USC and UCLA.
“I have guys on here who have already committed to turning pro and who have trained with world class trainers…We’ve got guys from all of the gyms, such as Wild Card. The kids from USC and UCLA, that’s trying to build U.S. boxing. That can be huge advantage, tying college to boxing. There are 40 schools involved, nationwide, and I happen to be involved with USC and UCLA as the head coach.”
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