By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Correspondent
According to Timothy Bradley’s manager Cameron Dunkin, the Bradley camp knows nothing about a fight between Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez. Promoter Bob Arum could have jumped the gun a wee bit as he has both fighters signed.
According to BoxRec, on September 14, 2013, 30-0 Timothy Bradley, 29, of Palm Springs, California, will defend his World Boxing Association World Welterweight title against 55-6-1 Juan Manuel Marquez, 39, a Mexican fighting out of Anaheim, California, at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bradley’s 12 knockouts seem pale in comparison to Marquez’ 40 knockouts, especially since Marquez’ sixth round knockout of Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in December 2012.
Since Floyd Mayweather Jr. has Robert Guerrero, Danny Garcia and Saul Alvarez in his world title bouts agenda for the immediate future (and not Marquez again or Bradley), therefore TImothy Bradley versus Juan Manuel Marquez seems the best promotable matchup available to put on the table and make into boxing reality.
Timothy Bradley has cleanly outboxed Manny Pacquiao and Ruslan Provodnikov technically over 12 rounds in his last two bouts. Bradley has also outboxed 27-0 Lamont Peterson (Win 12), 29-0 Luis Carlos Abregu (Win 12), 8-0 Eli Addison (Win 8), and 21-0 Devon Alexander (Win 12). Bradley’s other victims include Junior Witter, Joel Casamayor, and Kendall Holt. All that may not hold up if Bradley’s chin, already exposed by Ruslan Provodnikov and Kendall Holt, gets hit harder and earlier by Marquez-just like Marquez did against Pacquiao when he kayoed him.
Can Marquez knock out Bradley? The answer is yes, if Marquez catches Bradley.
Any man can knock anybody out. Marquez knocked out Pacman. Pacquiao was knocked out. There’s a difference between getting dropped and getting knocked out. Marquez knocked Pacquiao out, which Bradley could not do over 12 rounds. That’s a big difference.
Marquez knocks out Pacquiao IV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzvggTg9Cx0
Marquez is a 12 round fighter, and he’s always been a great boxer. He and Pacman fought so many times, Pacquiao knew his number but it became the luck of the draw. If the heavyweight division was making noise, nobody would have cared about Marquez versus Pacquiao making a fight. Marquez always made noise. He won some and lost some, but Marquez was always recognized as a good fighter. Like the late Arturo Gatti, Marquez comes to fight and people want that.
To beat Timothy Bradley, Marquez needs to do what he always do-box-and not brawl-and not let Timothy Bradley set the pace. Marquez needs to keep Timothy Bradley off balance. I did not think Timothy Bradley could beat the count when Kendall Holt caught him with an out of this world left hook which rolled Timothy Bradley’s eyes behind his head. Michael Griffin was the referee at the Bell Centre in Montreal for that bout in April 2009. If there was a different referee working that night, they probably would have stopped it.
Holt drops Bradley http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRLNYzzvWIM
Bradley has a big heart, but there’s a difference between heart and chin.
If Ruslan Provodnikov had stamina and could keep his pace through the bout, he would have beaten Bradley. Provodnikov fought like a crocodile in spurts, attacking, resting, and then attacking again. While Provodnikov was sleeping, Bradley was racking up points. In the middle rounds Provodnikov had no energy to hurt Bradley or finish him or take him out after his momentary brutal attacks.
Bradley Provodnikov Highlights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv2s5vouCbI
Marquez is going to enter the ring with Timothy Bradley with the stamina and conditioning to sustain his attacks against Bradley, which Provodnikov did not have.
Marquez will force a tremendous action packed pace, moving forward putting relentless pressure on Bradley from the opening bell. Bradley will have to be in the best physical condition of his career to outbox Marquez while remaining out of range. If Bradley cannot shake Marquez completely, the result will be an opening to their Welterweight world title bout similar to Marvelous Marvin Hagler versus Thomas Hearns in their April 1985 classic Middleweight world title confrontation.
Hagler versus Hearns Round 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5rnxsMvXM0
Marquez will try to fight his way inside, walk through Bradley’s best shots, even if they phase him at first. Marquez will shake them off and keep coming. Marquez will chop Bradley up if he succeeds in getting inside, and will eventually knock him out.
Marquez has to keep Timothy Bradley off balance and box him. Marquez is a welterweight who is a boxer puncher, not a brawler. Marquez can outbox Bradley.
Bradley has the ability to outwork Marquez. Bradley took some shots in his last fight. It depends which Bradley shows up for Marquez. I’m a Marquez fan so I like Juan Manuel Marquez to win. Marquez is a better technical fighter than Bradley. It depends who shows up with the most gears. Whoever can set the pace, Bradley or Marquez, is going to win the bout. Bradley has to keep moving, he never stays in one place, that’s how he beat Pacman.
I would rather see Adrien Broner fight Timothy Bradley. That bout could happen if Bradley beats Marquez, and Broner beats Paulie Malignaggi. Bradley has proven himself a good television fighter against the big names. If Bradley keeps winning, he could eventually get Floyd Mayweather Jr. Given Floyd’s advancing age, he could have trouble against Bradley. Few aging fighters have the discipline of a Bernard Hopkins. Floyd is a rare exception. TimothyBradley is really on the rise if he beats the aging Marquez. Bradley versus Marquez should prove to be an exciting match.