Marquez vs. Bradley: Does the winner could get Mayweather next?
By Gerardo Granados: On October 12th the former three division champion Juan Manuel Marquez will fight against two division champion and current WBO welterweight belt holder Tim Bradley at the Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. Many questions can be made related to the result of this match up.
Meanwhile, Marquez claims to try to become the first Mexican fighter to achieve organization championships in five different weight divisions, the “Desert Storm” tries to set himself as a world recognized boxing star by defeating “Dinamita” so he will finally get the respect from fans after his controversial victory against Manny Pacquiao.
In theory this is a great fight but we´ll have to wait to see if their boxing styles can result in a great boxing night for boxing fans. Veteran Marquez is even practicing Yoga as part of his training; at forty years of age he needs to do everything to be in top shape and Bradley can be considered as an elite athlete.
They both refuse to fight Manny Pacquiao and the loser of their fight might end up fighting him. But, what about the winner?
A friend of mine believes that the winner will be the natural opponent for Floyd Mayweather Jr., I told him that a rematch against Marquez would not be interesting to watch for the hard core fans but casual fans might buy in to the hype; but Bradley´s speed and youth could get all fans interested. The betting odds are close and it is not an easy fight to call.
The forty years old Marquez has not fight in over almost a year meanwhile Bradley barely survived Ruslan Provodnikov in a fight that Tim was knocked out on his feet two times, but his determination to win keep him on his feet to take the victory by decision in a fight that might be awarded as the fight of the year.
There are not many elite boxers left at the welterweight division for Floyd Mayweather Jr. to fight. Although Amir Khan could fill a soccer stadium at England and generate good pay per views numbers in the old continent I doubt it would be an easy fight to sell in America.
Money ended up fighting Canelo Alvarez because he was the top contender for him at the moment and things might not have changed that much in the last months.
Danny Garcia could move up to welter to challenge Floyd but Garcia´s fans base isn’t really big. Maybe if Miguel Angel Cotto wins his next fight by knockout he could be taken as a serious contender for Mayweather Jr. in a rematch.
Many are hoping to land a shot at the Mayweather´s lottery but only a few will have the privilege to be picked for his next fight. So, could the winner of the Marquez vs. Bradley fight be next in line for Floyd Mayweather Jr?