To avoid even trying to compete with the bout pitting Floyd Mayweather against Saul Alvarez on September 14, WBO welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley will now scrap Mexican icon Juan Manuel Marquez on October 12 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
"We said that if Floyd Mayweather was going to be fighting on Sept. 14, then we would move to Oct. 12," said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. "So this is what we're going to do, and it will be at the Thomas and Mack. No big deal. We're very excited about Marquez and Bradley. It's a very, very good fight."
Although Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) versus the 29-year-old Bradley (30-0-0-1, 12 KOs) is “a very, very good fight," Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) and Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) are destined to put on a show for the ages.
Hence, if Arum didn’t move the scheduled date, only friends and family members of Bradley and Marquez would have watched the match.
The 39-year-old Marquez last exited the squared circle in December after brutally knocking Manny Pacquiao onto Queer Street at 2:59 of the sixth round.
Meanwhile, Bradley most recently vacated the ring on March 16 with a narrow unanimous decision victory over Russian Ruslan Provodnikov.
Bradley and Marquez are elite pugilists and their fistfight will be very intriguing and “good” for the sport.
In an extremely rugged slugfest, Tim Bradley should outscore Juan Manuel Marquez to remain an undefeated titlist this autumn.
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