Marquez looking to face Bradley in rematch in 2014
By Chris Williams: A rematch between Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) and WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) is in the works for 2014, according to Marquez’s adviser Fernando Beltran. Marquez lost a 12 round split decision to Bradley last month in Las Vegas, Nevada in a fight where Bradley used constant movement to keep from getting hit by the 40-year-old Marquez.
Bradley is expected to be Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent for April of 2014, so it’s difficult to tell how a loss for Bradley would impact a potential Marquez rematch. It could be that Marquez will lose interest in facing Bradley if Pacquiao defeats him because his record will no longer be unbeaten and there won’t be as much praise for Marquez if he beats him after that.
Beltran told The Record “We are in negotiations for a rematch between Marquez and Timothy Bradley. He wants revenge and that’s the fight we’re looking for.”
Marquez would be better off facing Pacquiao for a fifth time than trying to get another fight against Bradley, because there won’t be any change. The money would be a lot less to fight Bradley than he could get for Pacquiao. If Marquez wants to beat Bradley, he’s going to have to work on his power beforehand, and then he’ll need to cut off the ring on Bradley the same way that Ruslan Provodnikov did.
Bradley will likely be moving just as much, if not more, than he did in his fight against Marquez last month, and he’s not going to want to make it easy on him by fighting aggressively. Marquez is a counter puncher, and Bradley won’t give him the opportunities to land his shots. Marquez fought the wrong fight last time. He needed to go after Bradley, throw a lot of shots, and keep the pressure on him for 12 rounds. But Marquez chose to to wait for his opportunities to land shots, and it didn’t work out for him.