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Pacquiao set for Las Vegas return, wants Bradley bout

ESPN staff
November 29, 2013
Manny Pacquiao marked his return with a win © Getty Images

Manny Pacquiao will be fighting in Las Vegas on April 12, the venue where he was knocked out in devastating fashion by Juan Manuel Marquez almost a year ago.

The Filipino marked his return to the ring since that loss with a victory over Brandon Rios last week, and moments after the victory it was announced by his promoter Bob Arum that Pacquiao would be entering the ring once again in April 2014. However, the opponent has yet to be named.

Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach wants his man to take on Marquez in what would be their fifth fight, but it is likely that Timothy Bradley is being lined up as Pacquiao's next opponent.

"Personally, I want Marquez but I'm not sure if we can get him. He wants a lot of money. Bradley is also a possibility. He wants revenge [against Bradley]," Roach is quoted as saying to World Boxing News.

Arum revealed the possibility of Pacquiao fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr in the richest bout in history next year, which could be worth up to $300 million, but it seems the April 2014 tussle will see Bradley get the call.

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