Marquez wants rematch with Bradley in Mexico
By Chris Williams: Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) wants a rematch with WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s), but here’s the kicker: Marquez wants the rematch to take place in his home country of Mexico, according to Fightnews.com. Marquez’s promoter Fernando Beltran is looking to see if it’s possible to set up a rematch between Marquez and Bradley if they have it take place in Mexico this time around.
Marquez tried his hand at beating Bradley in Las Vegas, Nevada last Saturday night, but ended up losing by a 12 round split decision in a fight that he felt that he should have won. Marquez told the LA Times he doesn’t want to fight in Las Vegas any longer.
Getting Bradley to agree to fighting Marquez in Mexico might prove all but impossible. Bradley’s the champion, he just beat Marquez, and he would seem to have most of the leverage in any kind of negotiations between them. Bradley likely won’t agree to fight Marquez in Mexico, and it’s also highly unlikely that he’ll agree to fight him again. If his promoter Bob Arum can get him a fight against Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr., which are two of the names that he’s mentioned wanting to fight next, then Bradley won’t need to face Marquez again to get another big payday.
A fight between Bradley and Mayweather is not going to happen, so Bradley can scratch that one off his list. Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz is saying that Bradley is only worth $5 million this time around rather than $6 million, and that Pacquiao isn’t interested in fighting him now. That could change depending on whether Arum can convince Pacquiao that it would be worthwhile to face Bradley rather than an arguably more popular fighter with a built in fan base.
Bradley isn’t the type to give immediate rematches. He’s never done it before, and he even turned down huge money to fight Pacquiao a second time. If he was willing to say no to a Pacquiao rematch, then it’s logical to conclude that he won’t be agreeable to fighting Marquez again. The idea of Marquez getting Bradley to fight him in Mexico is laughable. It’s not going to happen and Marquez isn’t in the position to get Bradley to do that.