We have some barnburners on our hands this weekend, so grab your snacks and beverages and get ready for two nights of full-fledged couch potato action.
SATURDAY, APRIL 9th 2016
Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley 3
So this is it. The moment when a generation begins to lose its brightest and best and turns itself over fully to the next class.
A small rivalry developed between these two when Bradley won a controversial split decision that left Pac-Man minus a welterweight strap and another notch in his then 15-fight win streak that crossed five weight classes.
For Pacquiao the same players of Freddie Roach and Buboy Fernandez in his corner remain. However, for Timothy Bradley, this pairing finds him renewed. ESPN analyst turned born-again boxing coach Teddy Atlas has now joined Team Bradley and after crafting a KO victory over Brandon Rios it seems that Teddy’s touch is felt by the already crafty Bradley.
Although many pundits are less enthusiastic about this third pairing after Pacquiao handed Bradley a more dominant loss in the second pairing, everyone knows that with their mix of panache and Bradley’s menacing athletic persistence, this still will truly be an epic swan song challenge for Manny. After all, a WBO welterweight belt is still on the line.
Catch all the action live Saturday night on HBO Pay Per View.
Charles Martin vs. Anthony Joshua, IBF Heavyweight World Title Fight
IBF World Heavyweight Champion Charles Martin will make his first title defense against British challenger Anthony Joshua.
The event takes place from the O2 Arena in London and acts as counter-programming to HBO’s PPV offerings on the same night.
The 12-rounder between Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs), of Carson, Calif., and Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs), heats up the re-emerging Heavyweight ranks in boxing.
The telecast will include highlights of the IBF featherweight world title fight between defending champion Lee Selby (22-1, 8 KOs), of Barry, Wales, and 126-pound contender Eric Hunter (21-3, 11 KOs), of Philadelphia, at The O2 prior to the live coverage of Martin-Joshua.
Catch all the action live this Saturday on Showtime Boxing International.
SUNDAY, APRIL 10th 2016
UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. Dos Santos
MMA is here to stay folks, and the progenitors of its rise have yet again put together another great card for your free enjoyment.
Heavyweight Ben Rothwell, fresh off his devastating second round submission win over Josh Barnett, returns to take on former UFC Heavyweight champion Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos.
Dos Santos’ last outing saw him suffer a second round TKO loss to Alistair Overeem, however, you can never count the big guy out, as he has shown throughout his career.
Expect to see if submission ace Rothwell can withstand the excellent boxing style of Dos Santos. Rothwell has defeated his last two opponents with a gogo choke, and as Rousey has taught us all, if it ain’t broke – well you know the rest.
Also on the card is veteran Heavyweight Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga facing Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis. Lewis comes with an impressive 93% KO rating against Gonzaga’s dangerous submission skills and KO ability. One need only hearken back to Gonzaga’s vicious first round head kick over Mirko Cro Cop for proof of his destructive abilities.
Catch all the action this Sunday live from Zagreb, Croatia on UFC Fight Pass and Fox Sports 1.