Speaking to WBN on Wednesday, Timothy Bradley explained why he chose to fight Juan Manuel Marquez rather than accept a rematch versus Manny Pacquiao.
Bradley (30-0-0-1, 12 KOs) is slated to defend the WBO welterweight belt against the 40-year-old Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) on October 12 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Marquez last exited the squared circle in December after brutally knocking the 34-year-old Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) onto Queer Street.
“I have always been more interested in looking for new challenges than in doing what has been expected. Though I was offered a rematch with Manny Pacquiao in Macau, the opportunity to fight another legend of my era, Juan Manuel Marquez, had far more appeal to me for several reasons,” said Bradley, 30, who was controversially declared a split decision victor over Pacquiao in June 2012.
“Marquez is a boxing legend and a Mexican icon. He is coming off a career-best victory over his professional nemesis, Manny Pacquiao. I am coming off my two career-best victories – over Pacquiao and Ruslan Provodnikov. It just made sense for me to fight Marquez next. Bradley vs. Marquez – a battle between the only two fighters to have beaten Manny Pacquiao in the past seven years. It got me excited as a fighter and as a fan. It was a no-brainer for me. If Manny Pacquiao can beat Brandon Rios in November, then maybe we can have our rematch after that fight.”
In an extremely intriguing and seesaw bout, Bradley should outscore Marquez to remain an undefeated titlist.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao will face Brandon Rios on November 23 at the CotaiArena in Macau, China.
Granted, Pacquiao has been defeated in consecutive matches by Marquez and Bradley.
However, in actuality, Pacquiao outclassed Bradley and was battering Marquez before the juicehead landed a savage overhand right that stopped the scrap at 2:59 of the sixth round.
The 26-year-old Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) is a brawler looking to aggressively throw fists and the Texan’s style should prove ideal for Pacquiao.
Hence, Pacquiao will likely emerge victorious within 11 rounds over an inferior Rios later this autumn.
After trumping Rios, considering the tough Mexican is clearly satisfied with rendering the “Fighter of the Decade” unconscious, Pacquiao needs to seek an opponent not named Marquez or Floyd Mayweather.
Accordingly, “then maybe we can have our rematch” between Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao at some point during the spring.
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