WBO welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley and Mexican icon Juan Manuel Marquez today discussed their upcoming bout on October 12at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) last exited the squared circle in December after brutally knocking Manny Pacquiao onto Queer Street at 2:59 of the sixth round.
Comparatively, Bradley (30-0-0-1, 12 KOs) most recently vacated the ring on March 16 with a narrow unanimous decision victory over Russian Ruslan Provodnikov.
"We both beat Pacquiao, and now we are going to get this settled between Bradley and myself," said Marquez, 39, a four-division champion.
“This is a very tough fight. I am facing an undefeated fighter who has something that I want very much. It is a complicated fight but not impossible to win. I want that fifth world title. Bradley is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. I think we have the styles to make a great fight. I want this fight more than he does. I want to make history. All of the fans in the arena on Oct. 12 will be on my side."
Defeating the 34-year-old Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) by a controversial split decision in June 2012, Bradley is confident he will overcome Marquez.
"I am the one who picked Marquez to fight. He is a legend, the No. 1 fighter in Mexico, and beating him will add to my boxing legacy," said Bradley, 29.
"No matter what people may think, I did beat Pacquiao. I have his belt. Marquez wants that belt. He's doing it to make history, so I know what this fight is all about. I have speed, quickness and I am the younger fighter (29 to 39). All of that will be the key weapons to beating Marquez, which I will do on Oct. 12."
Bradley and Marquez are elite pugilists and their fistfight will be very intriguing.
In an extremely rugged slugfest, the fearless Timothy Bradley should prove more active and outscore a graying Juan Manuel Marquez to “add to (his) boxing legacy” this autumn.
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