With Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao agreeing to terms for a rematch of their hotly contested June 2012 fight, drug testing protocol will not be in question for this one, as was the case for Bradley vs. Marquez. Bradley, promoted by Top Rank Promotions, as is Pacquiao, has been vocal in his support for VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) to help clean up the sport of boxing. He has gone on record to state that he believes VADA has a better testing regimen than USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency).
The rematch, set for April 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, will hopefully answer some questions as to the outcome of first fight. Bradley, who received what most considered a gift, a split decision victory in the first contest, has always said he truly believes he won the first encounter. Former #1 Pound for Pound king Manny Pacquiao wants to prove that he indeed beat Bradley soundly.
As we have learned from Todd duBoef, President of Top Rank Promotions, VADA testing was only one of the stipulations for the rematch to occur. Another part of the negotiations was for Timothy Bradley to extend his promotional agreement with the company which was set to expire at the end of 2014. Many boxing insiders and fans alike see this as a potential deal killer for a future bout between Bradley and Floyd “Money” Mayweather, being that Mayweather refuses to do business with Top Rank.
Since their first meeting, Bradley is 2-0 while Pacquiao is just 1-1, including a devastating knockout loss to archrival Juan Manuel Marquez, who Bradley beat in October 2013 via a 12 round split decision.