No demand for Pac-Bradley rematch: Schaefer
MANILA, Philippines – Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) chief executive Richard Schaefer believes there is no demand for another bout between Filipino boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr.
Pacquiao surrendered his welterweight title to Bradley last Saturday in Las Vegas, after the American was named winner via a widely criticized split decision.
Pacquiao has a rematch clause in his contract which he wants to exercise, and Bradley said he is willing to give Pacquiao another shot.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Schaefer said he does not see the point of holding another bout between Bradley and Pacquiao.
“I do think that there will be zero appetite for a rematch,” he said, adding that he has not heard the fans nor the media demanding a rematch.
“It’s going to be an impossible sell. I really haven’t heard or read anywhere, anybody, that they are interested in a rematch. Nobody needs to see it,” Schaefer said.
Schaefer said that Bradley will not perform any better in the rematch than he did last Saturday.
“What we saw as well, on Saturday night, is that Bradley has no power. If you have no power, it’s going to be very difficult to fend off Pacquiao. It was difficult or impossible Saturday night and Bradley is not suddenly going to have more power in November,” he said.
The GBP executive advised both Pacquiao and Bradley to “move on” from their initial encounter and fight different opponents.
“If you’re going to do a rematch, then you are basically going to bring all of that negativity of the first decision, the horrible decision, you are going to bring it fresh into people’s minds,” Schaefer said.
“I think it’s going to be up to Manny Pacquiao to say, ‘I really don’t want to fight Bradley again,’” he added.
But Schaefer believes this will not happen, saying that Pacquiao has allowed his promoter, Top Rank’s Bob Arum, to dictate his fights.
“I think it’s time for Manny Pacquiao to say, ‘Hey look Bob, with all due respect, I have nothing to prove in a Timothy Bradley rematch. I don’t want the fight. The fans, the networks, the sponsors, the venues – nobody wants the fight,’” Schaefer said.
Schaefer, who promotes Pacquiao’s rival, unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., added that if Arum wants to negotiate a mega-fight between the two boxers, he is “certainly open to that.”
“Again, I am convinced, as I was before the fight and as I am now, that it is not a fight that Bob Arum wants. My opinion is not going to change and he can prove me wrong,” he said.