Pacquiao open to rematch with Bradley

By Abac Cordero, The Philippine Star

Posted at Jul 15 2012 10:51 AM | Updated as of Jul 16 2012 01:02 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao must be itching to face Timothy Bradley in a rematch in November.

"Okay lang kung si Bradley (It's okay if it's Bradley)," Pacquiao told ABS-CBN shortly upon his return from Los Angeles the other day.

“Para maka-bawi (Payback time),” he added.

Pacquiao dropped a very controversial decision to Bradley last June 9 in Las Vegas even as many believed the Filipino superstar deserved the win.

The WBO even ordered a re-scoring of the bout, and five of its judges found Pacquiao winning by a mile. His promoter, Bob Arum, also called for an investigation.

But the Nevada State Athletic Commission has already issued a formal statement saying there was nothing irregular with the way the fight was scored.

Two of the judges at ringside last June 9 had Bradley winning while the third one had Pacquiao barely ahead in his scorecard, 115-113.

Arum said unless there was a "criminal wrongdoing" the decision cannot and will not be reversed.

Pacquiao has taken everything in stride, and called on his supporters to take it as it is.

Arum said Pacquiao will return to the ring on Nov. 10 and it could be against Bradley, now the undefeated WBO welterweight champion, or Juan Manuel Marquez.

Pacquiao has the option to hold the rematch with Bradley. If he thinks otherwise, he can take on Marquez for the fourth time.

It's debatable if Pacquiao should take on Bradley in November and reclaim the title he used to hold or face Marquez in a continuation of their epic saga.

Pacquiao and Marquez already fought three times, and they were all close and controversial. Marquez seems to have Pacquiao's numbers, and if given another chance he might just pull it off.

Pacquiao's cannot afford another loss even if the one against Bradley was highly questionable.

Experts may agree that Bradley is still the "easier" fight to make, and perhaps Pacquiao is just on the same page.

"Pag nag-rematch, wala nang judges (If there's a rematch, there will be no need for judges)," said Pacquiao.