Published February 21, 2012
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – When Manny Pacquiao failed to make a deal with Floyd Mayweather Jr. for the fight he knows his fans want to see, he moved down the list of contenders to make a fight he hopes his fans will enjoy.
Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. got an early start Tuesday on the promotional circuit for their welterweight bout June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
The Filipino congressman realizes he'll have to do plenty of promoting to get fans interested in a fight against Bradley, an undefeated 140-pound champion from Palm Springs, Calif., who has never been in a fraction of the spotlight that follows Pacquiao across the globe.
Bradley can't quite believe his good fortune, saying he's grateful to Pacquiao for choosing to fight him.