By Chris Williams: Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) only has himself to blame for losing to WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) by a 12 round split decision at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marquez fought as a counter-puncher rather than learning from Bradley’s last fight against Ruslan Provodnikov by coming forward and throwing punches in bunches.
Bradley has problems with fighters that throw a lot of punches, and Marquez never even tried that to get the edge on him. Instead of throwing a lot of punches, Marquez focused on throwing one punch at a time, and he showed way too much respect for Bradley’s weak punches. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) retained his title and kept his unbeaten record intact with a 12 round split decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) at the Thomas & Mack Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The final judges scores were 115-113 for Marquez, 116-112 and 115-113 for Bradley.
Who you felt won depended on what you were looking for in the fight. If you appreciated action, then you thought that Marquez won. If you liked the movement from Bradley without many power punches landed, then you thought he won. It could have gone either way because Bradley stalled out the fight in most of the rounds, and he cruised in the last 5 rounds without working hard. That made it hard to give Bradley any of the last 5 rounds of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark Havey: Promotional spin Doctors could easily have billed this fight as the ‘Battle of the Conquerors’. Both Juan Manuel Marquez and WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley have something in common, they beat Manny Pacquiao. it would be more accurate to say they both have wins against Pacquiao on their record.
Juan Manuel Marquez had a point to prove after failing to beat Manny Pacquiao in 3 fights. Debates are always fierce between fans in regards to the winner of the first 3 battles. All were good, but all were close. The 4th fight was entirely different. Both men were clearly going for the knockout and taking chances. In the 6th round Marquez landed a crushing counter, finally knocking out his nemesis in brutal fashion. If you thought that we finally had a decisive winner after four fights, you thought wrong. Fans accused Marquez of using illegal methods to gain his new found bulk and power. But the ending was still clear, Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dean Bain: On the 26th October Kell ‘special K’ Brook takes on Ukrainian’s number 1 welterweight Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
This will be Brooks 31st fight but I can’t help but think after 30 victories Brook should be fighting someone with more creditability than the Ukrainian. Brook has so much talent and could be a great within the welterweight division but he really does need to start fighting people in the top 10 Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Steve Lopez) By Rachel Aylett: The big card of the weekend takes place at the Thomas & Mack Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, 12 October 2013. The fascinating main event pits the last two fighters to have defeated Manny Pacquiao against each other in one of the major showdowns of the year. If anyone’s still counting, Bradley’s WBO welterweight title belt is on the line. In fact, Marquez is definitely counting, as victory here would make him the first Mexican boxer to win major championship belts in five different weight classes.
Looking first at Marquez one is led to wonder how much desire and drive he can have left now that he has exorcised the demon of Pacquiao from his system. For those who have been living on Mars, Marquez finally got a victory over Pacman at the fourth attempt when he knocked him out in the sixth round in December 2012. That was Marquez’s last appearance in the ring. The above-mentioned record attempt will at least give him some incentive to beat Bradley but, at 40 years of age, he must be nearing the end of his wonderful career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach doesn’t mind looking past Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) for a much hoped for mega fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2014 and a 5th fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. Roach wants both of those fights to take place in 2014, but it’s not looking good right now that Pacquiao will get either of those fights for a variety of reasons.
The immediate thing that could stop Pacquiao from fighting those guys is him not being able to get past Rios on November 23rd. You can’t ignore the fact that Pacquiao is coming off of a terrible knockout loss to Marquez from last December, and while Roach can talk until he’s blue in the face that the knockout is just part of the sport, there’s a chance that Pacquiao may not be the same fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Steve Lopez) By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s) says he’s hoping that fans boo him tonight in his fight against Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO’s) in Las Vegas, because it brings him a lot of energy for some reason. Bradley has a lot of fans rooting against him due to his controversial win over Manny Pacquiao last year, and sometimes boring fighting style.
Bradley said this via Sky Sports “People booing, I love it. Boo me more, please; give me more fuel.”
If Bradley is being booed tonight, it won’t be because fans dislike him personally. It’ll likely be due to him running around the ring trying not to get hit by Marquez. If he runs from Marquez and chooses not to engage, then fans will boo Bradley all night long, and it won’t be a good thing for his career or for his chances of winning the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan turned down a fight against IBF welterweight champion on December 7th that would have put Khan in a position where he had the cache to get a big money engagement against Floyd Mayweather Jr. for May 3rd.
Khan’s move to avoid the risky fight with Alexander to get the bigger money bout against Mayweather could backfire on him with Khan getting nothing, as Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is saying that there’s no guarantee that he’ll get the fight with Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 2012 British Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (1-0, 1 KO’s) will be fighting against 37-year-old journeyman Paul Butlin (14-19, 3 KO’s) on October 26th on the undercard of the Kell Brook vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko card at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
Butlin has lost 13 out of his last 15 fights, and he’s looked especially bad recently in losing to Dorian Darch and Gary Cornish. Butlin has lost to a lot of well-known fighters like Larry Olubamiwo, Dereck Chisora [twice], Johnathon Banks, Paolo Vidoz, David Dolan and Sebastian Koeber. I would say that he would give Joshua a good test, but given his lack of power and his advanced age, I think this is just another fodder opponent for Joshua. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Steve Lopez) By Simon Hirst: Tonight, Tim Bradley will defend his WBO light welterweight title against Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas in what is a highly anticipated bout between the two Manny Pacquiao conquerors. Tim Bradley has openly said that winning this fight stamps his ticket into the hall of fame, which could be seen as a somewhat premature and controversial statement.
In looking over Bradley’s career, he won the WBC title via split decision over Junior Witter. It was a somewhat farcical decision as there was no doubt Bradley won the fight and to think Witter would have retained via draw had it not been from a booming overhand right in the 6th round. He then fought Kendall Holt in which Holt knocked him down twice, before using his boxing to claim a unanimous decision. Read the rest of this entry »