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Could El Paso Host the Pacquiao vs Bradley Rematch?

Timothey Bradley reacts after defeating Manny Pacquiao in their WBO welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

El Paso is no stranger when it comes to hosting huge boxing matches.  Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. takes on Andy Lee later on this evening for the WBC middleweight championship, adding their names to the many other famous fighters who have laced up their gloves here.

Oscar De La Hoya fought here in 1998, and Marco Antonio Barrera fought in the Sun City in 2005.  The bout between Chavez and Lee is the most significant one ever to come to El Paso.  This leads to the question, could El Paso be a potential sight for the Pacquiao vs. Bradley rematch?  There are several reasons why this city could be a great spot for a tremendous rematch like this.

To begin with, the Sun Bowl is a perfect venue to host a championship fight of this magnitude.  The stadium seats 52,000 plus, and is rather unique because it is built between the mountains, and overlooks Mexico.  Top Rank promoter Bob Arum mentioned this past week that he is hesitant about promoting a rematch between Pacquiao and Bradley, and after the controversial decision you can’t blame him.

However, Arum did mention that El Paso would be a good sight for the rematch, and there would not be any issues with choosing judges from different places.  This is much different than the state of Nevada, which only allows judges from their own state to work their prize fights.  Both Bob Arum and Hall of Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach agreed that El Paso is a great fight town.

Since there could be some  hesitation to have the Pacquiao vs. Bradley rematch in Las Vegas, El Paso would be a good alternate choice.  Tonight’s middleweight championship bout between Chavez and Lee will be a great test for the Sun City, and may even prove to be the deciding factor to get a potential mega fight in the future.  Our cities’ leaders did a phenomenal job of supporting El Paso when Chancelor Cigarroa tried to have the bout moved back in April.  This shows that our city is united and proud of what it has to offer.

Another reason why El Paso could host the rematch is because it is such a safe city and has proven in the past that it is a good place to host a big event.  There is no doubt that the Chavez vs. Lee fight will be a tremendous success.  El Paso deserves to continue to host big time boxing matches like this.  The world will be watching tonight, and our city will not disappoint.

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