(Reuters) — Challenger Manny Pacquiao weighed in at 145 pounds for his welterweight title fight against American Tim Bradley in Las Vegas on Friday (April 11). Bradley weighed in at 145.5 pounds.
Pacquiao is the only fighter to win eight world titles in as many different weight divisions. A three-time Fighter of the Year, Pacquiao’s resumé includes victories over Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Márquez among others. From 2008 to 2010, five of his seven victories were world title victories in five different weight classes, from 130 to 154 pounds.
Tim Bradley, however, believes Pacquiao has lost his motivation, and that their title bout on Saturday may be one fight too many for the Filipino legend. Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) is defending the WBO belt he won from Pacquiao in a controversial fight in June 2012. Most ringside observers felt Pacquiao won comfortably, but after 12 rounds Bradley was awarded a split decision victory.
Bradley had two key victories in 2013, emerging from a tough 12-round unanimous decision overRuslan Provodnikov in his first title defence , then winning a 12-round split decision over Juan Marquez, who had previously scored a knock out over Pacquiao in December of 2012.
Pacquiao has built a record of 55-5 with two draws in a pro career that began in 1995. He lost two fights in 2012 to Bradley and Marquez. Pacquiao mad a bid to revived his career with a unanimous decision over Brandon Rios in Macau in 2013.