Marquez-Bradley Fight Expected To Be A Fun Run
By Miguel Alejandro Lopez: Many boxing experts predict that the upcoming fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley will be a running festival, a 20k marathon, a track and field. It’s because both fighters will simply run and circle the ring due to their styles.
Marquez has a backpedaling, counter-punching style which makes him prone to crowd boredom and lack of favor from the judges. He rarely initiates his own attack, and also treats the sport as a science — much like a chemistry or mathematics class. In fact, his trainer went on record to say that “Juan will never fight toe to toe”.
Bradley, meanwhile, has tried to be just a little bit more entertaining when he fought Provodnikov, but because of the beating he took from that fight, Bradley’s team announced that they will fight “smarter” next time. What does that mean? It simply means Bradley will revert to his old style of pit-pat boxing with no real power and action.
And because these two boxers will never ever change their fighting styles, the outcome is predictable. Both will run away from each other, throw less punches, clinch to infinitum, duck each other, shadow box, throw single weak jabs, and basically just wait for the bell to finish and let the judges announce what they think is the rightful result.
If Marquez loses, he can simply claim again that he got robbed (like he did against Chris John, Norwood, and Pacquiao). If Bradley loses, he will probably cry “robbery” as well because he has never officially “lost” before so a legit “L” on his record will be too much for his ego to take. Either way, the outcome of the fight might never be too sportsmanlike.
Top Rank, however, remains hopeful that the proposed fight will sell enough PPVs. In the weeks leading up to to the fight, expect both camps (Bradley and Marquez) to convince the public that they will fight toe to toe and with the last drop of their blood. This is aimed at selling the fight. But when fight night arrives, both fighters will simply fight the way they used to — counterpunching, clinching, jabbing until the audience gets tired, and running all night long.
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