Undefeated Timothy Bradley (29-0-0, 12 knockouts) didn't seem happy with Manny Pacquiao's (54-4-2, 38 knockouts) decision to forgo a rematch between the two. The Filipino congressman ended up selecting Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 knockouts) for his Dec. 8 fight, and he explained his decision during a recent interview with Boxingscene.com.
"I have nothing to prove against Bradley," Pacquiao said. "Everyone saw who won the fight. If we fought it again, it would be one sided. … I chose Marquez because we can give the fans a more exciting fight. I want to prove and remove any doubt anyone has."
Even though I disagree with Pacquiao's assessment that a rematch against Bradley would be one-sided, I can't say I blame him for deciding to go with Marquez. "Dinamita" is a lot more marketable than Bradley, which equals higher earnings for all involved.
After losing a controversial decision to Pacquiao in 2011, Marquez didn't seem open to the idea of ever fighting the former WBO welterweight champion in Las Vegas, but he's obviously had a change of heart. The Dec. 8 bout between the two will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Given how emotional Marquez was after his 2011 bout against Pacquiao, he'll certainly be highly motivated for their Dec. 8 showdown.
"I am very excited to be fighting Manny again," Marquez stated in a press release. "I beat him the first three fights but did not get the decision; this time I will beat him again and I also will get the victory officially. It's an election year and I am going to win by a landslide."
Some boxing fans might be tired of the Pacquiao-Marquez matchup, but the fourth fight between the two should be just as entertaining as the previous three. Marquez has historically been a tough matchup for Pacquiao, and I'm sure their Dec. 8 fight won't be without controversy.
Luis Sandoval, "Pacquiao Explains Why He Passed Over Timothy Bradley"
Press release, "Marquez: 'I Beat Pacquiao Three Times, I'll Beat Him Again'"
Fight and fighter information from BoxRec.com
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