I assume that most of you have already heard that Timothy Bradley and his team are interested in securing a fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. Naturally this is the fight that makes the most sense for Team Bradley, but is it a smart career and financial choice for team Marquez? Absolutely not.
Let’s look at how the balance is totally uneven, tipping all the way in Bradley’s favor:
1) Marquez just did something that most boxing fans never thought possible; knocked out Manny Pacquiao. Not only was it a knockout, but instead it was a clean shot, landing precisely and with full intended force. In other words, it was as if this punch was born to send Pacman to the canvas. Maruqez executed it in a perfect way, leaving no debate or uncertainly in the result.
2) Bradley’s victory over Pacquaio was not only a mistake as was admitted by the commission, but was probably one of the most controversial decisions in the history of the sport. After watching the fight over and over, I found it impossible to pinpoint anything that Bradley did to deserve the win. Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to devaluate Timothy or his achievements in boxing, but in his fight against Manny, his win was undeserved.
3) Fighting Pacquiao, even after his loss to Marquez, is still one of the biggest money fights in the sport. The paycheck one would earn in fighting Pacquaio now would undoubtedly be much bigger than if they were to face Bradley. Thus for Marquez, who can with a snap of his fingers sign a rematch against Pacquiao (I believe there was a rematch clause anyway), fighting Bradley makes absolutely no financial sense. Sure it’s riskier, but Marquez is not one to walk away from a challenge.
4) Bradley stock has fallen since his fight with Pacquiao. No, it wasn’t necessarily the fight itself that sunk Bradley’s name lower than it was before the fight, but it was the dry result as well as the lack of momentum. After Bradley’s victory, they needed to chase down another opponent right away, instead of taking their time off and letting the fire cool down. Now, as you yourself have noticed, Bradley’s name rarely reaches any headlines, and there is very limited interest in him facing anyone. I wish it were not the case, as Bradley is a great fighter with much more to show.
There is a right time and a right opponent for every lucrative fight, and Bradley is not it for Marquez. As a matter of fact, there is no opponent for Marquez besides Pacquiao that makes sense. Juan wanted to retire, and I would completely support that decision if it was made. Nevertheless, if Marquez does want to stick around for one more payday, Pacquiao vs. Marquez V is the only way to go.
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