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Marquez: My fight with Bradley will be a war

By Chris Williams: Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO’s) sees his October 12th fight with WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s) as being a war despite the fact that Marquez is a counter puncher and Bradley is mostly a boxer.

We saw what happened to Bradley when he strayed away from his boxing style last March when he was hurt and knocked down in his close 12 round decision win over Ruslan Provodnikov. Bradley will likely have learned from that close win and will be looking to fight defensively to get hit as little as possible.

Marquez said to Radio Raheem “I want 5 titles in 5 divisions. This fight will be a war. I want another belt in my career.”

The Bradley-Marquez fight will be a pay per view bout on HBO at the Thomas & Mack Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. I’m not sure I agree with the idea of the Bradley-Marquez fight being a PPV bout because I can’t see it doing well enough for it to make any real money. It would be better off if it were a fight that was staged on regular HBO so that more boxing fans can see it live.

As for Marquez’s idea of going after Bradley simply because he wants to add a 5th world title, I think it’s bad idea for Marquez to waste time going after paper titles. It’s good when the champion is considered to be the best in the division, but Bradley clearly isn’t seen as the best at 147 or even close to being the best.

We just saw Bradley get exposed in his last fight by Ruslan Provodnikov last March, and that fight showed Bradley’s limitations loud and clear.

Manny Pacquiao has a lot of titles in different weight classes, but he also has a lot of title belts captured against less than the best champions. There’s no point in winning titles if the guy you’re facing isn’t the very best. It’s pointless because boxing fans see right through it when a champion holds down a paper title.

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