April 12th-Pacquiao's return!
Over the past few weeks every day seems to have been packed with a lot of boxing. Some of it was genuinely great, other bits were unmemorable and relatively forgettable. This Saturday however promises to be a night to remember despite their not actually being a lot of fighting going on.
The reason it's such an exciting day is because we get the return of the great Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino ring legend who fights for the first time this year.
Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38) returns to the US to look for revenge as he battles unbeaten American Timothy Bradley (31-0-0-1, 12) in an attempt to avenge a very controversial loss from back in 2012. With the WBO Welterweight title on the line and honour to be reclaimed for Pacquiao a lot is on the line for the Filipino though Bradley is no push over and he'll be hoping to prove the first fight was no fluke.
On the same card we also get WBA Light Welterweight champion Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-0, 9) who will be defending his title for the second time as he battles the unbeaten, and once very touted, Jessie Vargas (23-0, 9). Vargas doesn't really impress us though he does keep winning and Allakhverdiev will need to make sure he's at the top of his game to over-come the unbeaten Mexican-American who Floyd Mayweather Jr once hyped. Vargas has good speed and heart but Allakhverdiev, if he's on forum, certainly has the ability to grind him down late.
Staying with same card Filipino fighter Mark Anthony Geraldo (29-4-3, 13) will be battling against Mexico's Raul Hidalgo (21-10, 16) in a fight that could give the US Audience their first chance to see Geraldo who we live. The Filipino kid isn't the biggest puncher or the most skilled but he's a very good fighter who has shown guts to travel for bouts against Oleydong Sithsamerchai and Hirofumi Mukai in the past. Had Geraldo had a decent promoter behind him he could well have been looking at having had world title fights, heck Mukai's had 2 and Geraldo managed to wipe him out in double quick time just a year ago.
Also on this card is Afghan born Canadian based Arash Usmanee (20-1-1, 10) who is a late fill in for Roman Martinez. Usmanee will be in a very tough bout with Raymundo Beltran (28-6-1, 17) with the winner expected to face Terence Crawford in a WBO Lightweight world title fight later this year.
In Germany Heavyweight fans can see the Lebanese born Manuel Charr (25-1, 15) in action as he takes on Kevin Johnson (29-5-1, 14) in what looks like a really good Heavyweight match up. Fans have given both fighters abuse over the years but on their day they are a handful for anyone not named "Wladimir Klitschko" and they could well give us a great bout as they both try and shoot themselves back into world title contention.
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