Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank –

By Karl Freitag –

At Wednesday’s Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting, it was decided that the officials for the WBO welterweight championship bout between Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas will be referee Robert Byrd, judges will be Robert Hoyle, Patricia Morse-Jarman and Glenn Feldman. With Marquez making $6 million and Bradley 4.1 million, the fee schedule lists $5000 for the referee and $3500 for the judges,

The officials for the WBO featherweight championship bout between Orlando Salido and Orlando Cruz will be referee Kenny Bayless, judges are Jerry Roth, Glenn Trowbridge, Ed Kubler.

Following the CJ Ross controversy in the Mayweather-Alvarez fight, extra attention was paid to the selection of officials as NSAC executive director Keith Kizer explained the process and the commission carefully deliberated on Kizer’s recommendations. That portion of the meeting lasted 28 minutes.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has named the officials for the Timothy Bradley-Juan Manuel Marquez WBO welterweight title fight on October 12 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

The officials for the October 12 WBO welterweight title fight between Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez have been named.

According to Karl Freitag of, Robert Byrd was designated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to be the referee. The judges will be Robert Hoyle, Patricia Morse-Jarman and Glenn Feldman.

The Bradley-Marquez bout is the next major Nevada card since Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. bested Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez by majority decision on September 14. Judge C.J. Ross drew controversy for scoring the bout 114 for both fighters when it was clear Mayweather should have been ahead in the scorecards.

Ross was also a judge of the June 2012 fight between Bradley and Manny Pacquiao, who lost by split decision. It was a fight “most thought Pacquiao had easily won,” per ESPN’s Dan Rafael.

Rafael adds NSAC chairman Bill Brady “promised a more thorough discussion” of the officials, who were recommended committee executive director Keith Kizer. Kizer was interrogated by an NSAC panel on why he chose the individuals in his list.

Bradley and Marquez are responsible for Pacquiao’s two most recent losses. Bradley, as previously mentioned, squeaked by Pacquiao 15 months ago while Marquez stunned the boxing world by knocking out Pacquiao in the sixth round of their December 8, 2012 bout.

Marquez will attempt to earn the WBO welterweight title belt at the age of 40. Bradley is all praises for his opponent, who he considers to be a late bloomer. However, he said Marquez and his camp “will never stop my will to win.”

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is predicting the number of pay-per-view broadcasts for the bout to hover around the 500,000 range, according to Anthny Riccobono of the Internaional Business Times. 

Bradley is seeking to maintain an unbleimished 30-0 record. He also has 12 knockouts and will make $4.1 million for the fight.

Marquez, on the other hand, is 55-6-1 with 40 stoppages and will earn a $6 million paycheck.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has named the officials for the Timothy Bradley-Juan Manuel Marquez WBO welterweight title fight on October 12 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

The officials for the October 12 WBO welterweight title fight between Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez have been named.

According to Karl Freitag of, Robert Byrd was designated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to be the referee. The judges will be Robert Hoyle, Patricia Morse-Jarman and Glenn Feldman.

The Bradley-Marquez bout is the next major Nevada card since Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. bested Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez by majority decision on September 14. Judge C.J. Ross drew controversy for scoring the bout 114 for both fighters when it was clear Mayweather should have been ahead in the scorecards.

Ross was also a judge of the June 2012 fight between Bradley and Manny Pacquiao, who lost by split decision. It was a fight “most thought Pacquiao had easily won,” per ESPN’s Dan Rafael.

Rafael adds NSAC chairman Bill Brady “promised a more thorough discussion” of the officials, who were recommended committee executive director Keith Kizer. Kizer was interrogated by an NSAC panel on why he chose the individuals in his list.

Bradley and Marquez are responsible for Pacquiao’s two most recent losses. Bradley, as previously mentioned, squeaked by Pacquiao 15 months ago while Marquez stunned the boxing world by knocking out Pacquiao in the sixth round of their December 8, 2012 bout.

Marquez will attempt to earn the WBO welterweight title belt at the age of 40. Bradley is all praises for his opponent, who he considers to be a late bloomer. However, he said Marquez and his camp “will never stop my will to win.”

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is predicting the number of pay-per-view broadcasts for the bout to hover around the 500,000 range, according to Anthny Riccobono of the Internaional Business Times. 

Bradley is seeking to maintain an unbleimished 30-0 record. He also has 12 knockouts and will make $4.1 million for the fight.

Marquez, on the other hand, is 55-6-1 with 40 stoppages and will earn a $6 million paycheck.


By Thomas Hauser –

On October 12th, Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez will meet in the ring at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The fight (which is being promoted by Top Rank and televised by HBO-PPV) falls midway between two more heavily hyped pay-per-view match-ups involving Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. That said; if Bradley wins, it will force the boxing establishment and boxing fans to give him his due. That would be good for Bradley and good for boxing.

Bradley comes across as a man you’d let babysit for your children.

“I try to be the best person I can be,” Tim says. “I focus on my family and my job, which is boxing. I stay out of trouble. I always try to do the right thing. I don’t like a lot of drama in my personal life.”

In nine years as a pro, Bradley has fashioned a 30-and-0 record and beaten opponents like Junior Witter, Nate Campbell, Lamont Peterson, Luis Abregu, and Devon Alexander. On June 9, 2012, he won a twelve-round split-decision over Manny Pacquiao.

“First round of the Pacquiao fight, “Tim recalls, “I was like, ‘Wow; this is it?’ This is the best fighter in the world? I can deal with him.’ Second round, something in my foot popped. I’m like, ‘Damn! I think I broke my foot. I can’t believe this is happening.’ I’d spent years trying to get to that place. It was the biggest fight of my life. So I told myself, ‘Forget about the pain. Do what you gotta do.’”

“Over the years, I’ve learned how to block out pain,” Bradley continues. “So I bit down hard on my mouthpiece and kept fighting. Then, trying to protect my left foot, I sprained my right ankle. So now I had pain wherever I put my weight. But I fought every minute of every round. It was a close fight. I thought I’d done enough to win, and the judges agreed with me. They announced the decision. I was on top of the world. And then the roof caved in.”

HBO’s commentating team thought that Pacquiao won and had called the fight accordingly. Most on-site members of the media agreed with them. Brian Kenny (who handled the blow-by-blow commentary for Top Rank’s international feed) scored the bout for Bradley. But his voice was drowned out in the tumult that followed.

In the media center immediately after the fight, Bob Arum (who promoted both fighters) declared, “I have never been as ashamed to be associated with the sport of boxing as I am tonight. To hear scores like we heard tonight; it’s unfathomable. This isn’t arguing about a close decision. This is an absurdity.”

Much of the dialogue in the days that followed focused on round seven, which was labeled “the smoking gun.” The CompuBox “punch-stats” had Pacquiao outlanding Bradley in round seven by a 27-to-11 margin. Yet all three judges scored the round for Bradley.

A smoking gun?

This writer watched a video of round seven in its entirety from multiple camera angles . . . Several times . . . In slow motion . . . I think that Bradley outlanded Pacquiao 16-to-12 in round seven. I won’t quarrel with those who say that Pacquiao deserved the decision. But it was a close fight, and I’ve been at ringside for many decisions that were worse.

I also think that Bradley deserved better treatment than he got from fans and the boxing establishment after Pacquiao-Bradley.

“This should have been the biggest moment of my life,” Tim says. “And it was ruined. They dragged my name through the mud and everybody piled on. People were saying, ‘You’re a fake champion. Give the belt back.’ I got hate mail like you wouldn’t believe. The ridicule got so bad that there were times when I didn’t know if I wanted to fight anymore.”

“I watched the tape of the fight again and again,” Bradley continues. “I can be obsessive. I watched the tape maybe fifty times. It was a close fight, but I think I won. Part of the problem, I believe, was that the HBO announcers had Pacquiao on a pedestal. It was like they were calling The Manny Pacquiao Show. Don’t get me wrong. I like HBO. But their call was way off that night. A lot of the punches the announcers said were landing didn’t land. And everything they said was going into viewers’ minds. I was shattered. It was a dark time for me. I was walking around angry, bitter. Finally, my wife asked me, ‘Aren’t you tired of this?’ I said, ‘You’re right. Enough is enough. This isn’t me. I’m not going to let these people change who I am. The fight is over. It’s in the past.”

“God sure kept me humble after that fight,” Bradley adds.

There are times when it seems that, outside the ring, Bradley can’t win. He dominates Devon Alexander, and the media focuses on the abysmal nature of the co-promotion by Don King and Gary Shaw. He decisions Manny Pacquiao, and the decision is trashed.

In his one fight after beating Pacquiao, Bradley was rendered semi-conscious by Ruslan Provodnikov in round one and fought the next eleven rounds with a concussion. He was knocked down twice, dug as deep as a fighter possibly can, and went places inside himself that few people ever go en route to winning a razor-thin twelve-round decision. It was, Bart Barry later wrote, “as valorous a display as an athlete can make.”

Now the boxing world is readying for Bradley-Marquez; a confrontation between the two fighters who beat Manny Pacquiao in the Filipino icon’s last two fights.

Bradley, irrespective of his aggravation over Arum’s comments regarding Pacquiao-Bradley, has made good money with Top Rank. He received a $5,000,000 purse to fight Manny and seven-figure paydays for outings against Joel Casamayor and Provodnikov. A $4,000,000 guarantee to Team Bradley is in place for the Marquez fight.

Bradley is ten years younger than Marquez; thirty versus forty. But Juan Manuel has a style that will be difficult for Tim. He’s an excellent counterpuncher and fights well going backward, which could blunt Tim’s natural aggression. Also, Marquez has a good uppercut, which Bradley is open to when he leans in. And Tim might not have the power (only twelve knockouts in thirty fights) to make Juan Manuel pay for his mistakes.

“I work with what I have,” Bradley says. “This isn’t my first fight. I’m not undefeated because everything went right in all of my fights. I’m undefeated because I did what I had to do to win every time.”

Then Tim offers the reminder, “People talk about how I was out on my feet in the Provodnikov fight. They talk about the heart I showed and how exciting it was. They forget how beat up the other guy was when it was over.”

But the Provodnikov fight is cause for concern to Bradley partisans on several levels.

“After the first round,” Tim recalls, “I lost track of what round it was. I was just fighting from one round to the next. I had trouble following my corner’s instructions. I felt buzzed and unbalanced the whole fight. It was like I was falling down but I didn’t fall down. The lights were going on and off and then I’d reboot. My condition and training got me through the fight. I was in great shape. And I’d done things again and again in the gym so many times that I did them without thinking during the fight.”

But there were problems afterward.

“After the fight,” Bradley acknowledges, “for two-and-a-half months, I had symptoms. My speech was slurred. I felt like I was leaning to one side. I felt weak. I flew to New York and saw some specialists for evaluation and therapy. Then I saw another neuro-specialist in California. My health comes before anything. That’s the most important thing. It’s not about the money all the time. I want to grow old with my children and grandchildren and be healthy enough that we all have a good time together. Eventually, my condition got better. Some of that was from therapy and some of it was healing through time. My balance and speech got back to where they were. My strength came back. But I still wasn’t sure how I’d react when I got hit. You see guys who get knocked out once and, all of a sudden, they’re getting knocked out all the time. So I decided to spar with Lucas Matthysse [in late-August]. He can punch. I didn’t let him hit me on purpose. But if you spar, you know you’re gonna get hit. He hit me solid a few times, and I was fine. I’m back to normal now.”

But what’s normal?

Bradley appeared to have been concussed in the ring at least twice prior to fighting Provodnikov. In 2009, he was knocked down and hurt badly in the first round by Kendall Holt. He survived and won a twelve-round decision. Three years before that, he suffered a concussion against Eli Addison.

“In the second round [of the Addison fight],” Tim remembers, “we both threw right hands and missed and our heads collided. I got whacked on the right side of my temple and didn’t know where I was at. I lost control of my body. I thought I was walking fine, but I was staggering around like Zab Judah did against Kostya Tszyu. People were laughing. They thought I was kidding around. Then the referee said ’box’ and Addison came at me. I was on autopilot. The next thing I remember, it was the seventh round.”

Bradley’s extraordinary will enables him to fight through pain. Fighting through a brain disconnect is another matter. Unlike Addison and Provodnikov, Marquez is skilled enough to finish off a fighter who’s concussed and in front of him.

Here, the thoughts of neurologist Margaret Goodman (former chief ringside physician for the Nevada State Athletic Commission and a foremost proponent of fighter safety) are instructive.

“There’s so much we don’t know about the brain,” Dr. Goodman states. “A concussion can clear up within a few days or it can take eighteen months. Sometimes the brain never fully heals. A fighter can be more susceptible to further damage after a concussion or not. We do know that he won’t be less susceptible. Someone who has suffered a concussion should not place himself at risk of another concussion until those post-concussive symptoms have completely resolved. Seven months have passed since Tim’s last fight, which has given him a chance to recuperate. That’s a good start. All that can be done now is to ensure that he gets the best pre-fight testing possible.”

Because of the concussions that he has suffered in the past, Bradley will go into the ring against Marquez with an aura of vulnerability about him. And there’s another factor that might put him at further risk.

If any sport should test thoroughly for PEDs, it’s boxing. The sweet science isn’t about running faster or hitting a baseball further. Fighters are getting hit in the head hard by men trained in the art of hurting.

For years, Juan Manuel Marquez has honored the craft of prizefighting. But there’s now a cloud hanging over him in the suspicion that, sometime before his fourth fight against Manny Pacquiao, Marquez stopped drinking his own urine in preparing for fights and began using performance-enhancing drugs under the supervision of conditioning coach Angel “Memo” Heredia.

That suspicion was echoed by Jim Lampley in a December 15, 2012, telecast of The Fight Game in which Lampley referenced “the presence in Juan Manuel Marquez’s training camp of a man who once admitted under oath to being a world-renowned purveyor of performance enhancing drugs” and “Marquez’s stunning appearance on the scale [prior to Pacquiao-Marquez IV] followed by his stunning power in the fight.”

Whatever the cause, Marquez (who several years ago looked old in the ring), appears with the assistance of Heredia to have found the fountain of youth that Ponce De Leon sought. With that in mind, Bradley wanted the most comprehensive drug-testing possible for Bradley-Marquez.

“Before I ever talked money with Top Rank,” Tim says, “we talked drug testing. It’s in my contract. I don’t know what Marquez’s contract says, but my contract says that VADA testing was supposed to be done on both fighters starting July 13th. And someone reneged.”

Marquez refused to be tested by VADA, which is widely regarded as having the most comprehensive PED testing program currently available in boxing.

Initially, Bradley threatened to pull out of the fight.

“I’m not going to fight someone at this level and risk everything if they cheated,” Tim told Boxing Scene Radio. “My contract says VADA [and USADA as a second tester if Marquez so chooses] is going to be involved, so that’s what I’m going with. If they are not going to be involved, there is not going to be a fight.”

Then Top Rank announced that it had resolved the issue by agreeing to underwrite the cost of a special PED-testing program for Bradley-Marquez to be overseen by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

“The whole State of Nevada is getting involved and doing their drug testing,” Bradley responded. “That’s fine. But in my contract, it still says VADA-USADA is going to be involved. At the end of the day, if that doesn’t happen, it’s a breach of my contract.”

Eventually, Bradley backed down on the issue. He has submitted to VADA testing for himself at his own expense as a demonstration of his integrity. Both Marquez and Bradley will be tested by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. But Marquez will not be tested by VADA or USADA.

It’s unclear what tests will be conducted by the NSAC, which drugs will be tested for, how a positive test will be reported, when, and to whom.

Moreover, the NSAC tests began so late (August 6th) that a fighter, hypothetically, would have been able to use PEDs and then, after benefiting from their use, stop “juicing” in time to get the illegal drugs out of his system before testing began.

One might also note that the NSAC is using a collection agency whose first-stated mission is paternity testing (see ). One assumes that neither Marquez nor Bradley is pregnant.

“Let’s put it this way,” Bradley says. “Marquez and I are two of the guys at the top in boxing. When you’re at the top, you want the best of everything. But Marquez isn’t willing to do the best drug-testing in the world, which is VADA. No offense to the Nevada commission; but their drug-testing is like an old cell phone. VADA is like the iPhone5. I said, ‘If you don’t trust VADA, we’ll do VADA and USADA and Nevada. I’ll test with anyone you want as long as VADA is included. Even Pacquiao and Rios are doing VADA now. But it didn’t happen. Even the timing on what they’re doing is wrong. I wanted testing three months out. As soon as we got into July, testing should have started. But Marquez kept stalling, stalling, buying time until we got into August.”

“If you’re clean,” Bradley continues, “why not do the best testing out there? It doesn’t add up unless you’re playing games. Marquez is getting his way on testing, but I don’t think it’s the right way. It looks shady to me. PEDs are a real problem now in boxing. More fighters have to step up and insist that testing be done right or we’re all going to pay a price.”

Meanwhile, let it be noted that Bradley is (1) articulate, (2) good-looking, (3) inherently likable, (4) charismatic, and (5) a good family man. He (6) treats people with respect, (7) is undefeated, (8) is willing to go in tough, and (9) gives everything he has in training and during each fight. He’s also (10) an American. He has never been criminally convicted for beating up a woman. Nor has he been seen on YouTube giving oral sex to a stripper or sitting on a toilet in Popeye’s.

Bradley-Marquez matters because Bradley matters.–70108


LAS VEGAS, Nevada.-La función que encabezarán el campeón de peso welter (OMB) Timothy Bradley Jr., y el cuatro veces campeón del mundo el mexicano Juan Manuel Márquez, tendrá un respaldo de lujo el próximo sábado 12 de octubre en el Thomas & Mack Center de esta ciudad y será televisado por HBO a través del sistema de pago por evento.

Promueven Top Rank, Promociones Zanfer, Wynn Las Vegas, Márquez Boxing y Cerveza Tecate. Márquez buscará su quinto título mundial en distintas divisiones, el de las 147 libras de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo.


En el respaldo el clasificado número uno Orlando Cruz, se enfrentará al dos veces campeón del mundo Orlando “Siri” Salido, por el cetro pluma de la OMB vacante.

Cruz (20-2-1, 10 KOs), quien representó a Puerto Rico en los Juegos Olímpicos del año 2000, ha ganado tres de sus últimas cuatro peleas por nocaut y no conoce derrota en más de dos años. Es el monarca Latino de la OMB en peso pluma.

Salido (39-12-2, 27 KOs) de Ciudad Obregón, reinó como monarca de la OMB en pluma por casi dos años y también fue monarca pluma de la FIB al vencer a Cristóbal Cruz en el 2008. Salido conquistó el cetro pluma de la OMB en el 2011 al noquear al entonces invicto “Juanma” López en una de las mejores peleas del año. Salido hizo dos defensas exitosas de su corona. Salido ha ganado cinco de sus últimas seis peleas por nocaut, su única derrota la sufrió el pasado enero cuando cayó ante Miguel Angel García y perdió su corona. García perdió el cetro en la báscula en junio pasado y por eso está el trono vacante.

El ganador de dos medallas de oro en Juegos Olímpicos, el ucraniano Vasyl Lomachenko, hará su debut profesional a 10 asaltos contra el clasificado mexicano José Luis Ramírez. Lomachenko conquistó medallas de oro en los JO de Pekín y Londres, primero como pluma y luego como ligero.

Ramírez (24-2-2, 15 KOs) de Mexicali, ha ganado seis de sus últimas siete peleas y viene de derrotar por puntos al Filipino Rey Bautista (34-2, 25 KOs) el pasado abril para ganar la corona pluma Internacional de la OMB y el actualmente el séptimo clasificado de la OMB en pluma.


WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley explains why he took a pass on a Manny Pacquiao rematch and selected former four division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez as his next opponent. The fight is scheduled to take place on October 12th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. HBO Pay-Per-View will carry the fight.

Question: Bradley – Why did you choose Marquez as your next opponent instead of a rematch with Pacquiao?

Bradley: I have always been more interested in looking for new challenges than in doing what has been expected.  Though I was offered a rematch with Manny Pacquiao in Macau, the opportunity to fight another legend of my era — Juan Manuel Márquez — had far more appeal to me for several reasons.

Márquez is a boxing legend and a Méxican icon. He is coming off a career-best victory over his professional nemesis Manny Pacquiao. I am coming off my two career-best victories — over Pacquiao and Ruslan Provodnikov. It just made sense for me to fight Márquez next. Bradley vs. Márquez — a battle between the only two fighters to have beaten Manny Pacquiao in the past seven years. It got me excited as a fighter and as a fan. It was a no-brainer for me.

Challenges are what I am all about. They invigorate me. And the chance to fight Márquez in front of his legion of loyal Hispanic fans?  Heck, I’m riding that wave. I live for a fight like this. He wants to make history by being the first Méxican fighter to win five world titles in five different weight divisions. Chávez, Morales and Barrera never did that. I know he wants to make history. But I want to make my own history and beating Márquez and denying him of his ultimate goal, in the boxing capital of the world, will do just that.

If Manny Pacquiao can beat Brandon Rios in November than maybe we can have our rematch after that fight.  But timing is everything and the time for Bradley vs. Márquez is NOW.  I choose the battles I want to fight and I want to fight Márquez. This is my time.

24/7 Bradley/Marquez debuts Sat., Sept. 28 on HBO immediately after World Championship Boxing tripleheader.

Bradley vs. Marquez welterweight title fight takes place Sat., Oct. 12 live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT.–69705


Por Carlos Narváez Rosario –

SAN JUAN — Luego de una jornada que culminó con un relajante paseo en la noche del miércoles por las riberas del Río Danubio, los directivos de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo se alistan para lo que será la sesión más activa y agitada de la Convención Anual que concluye el jueves en Budapest, Hungría.

La OMB tendrá tres importantes decisiones en sus manos: determinar si el mexicano Juan Manuel Márquez podrá retener su cinturón de campeón junior welter hasta luego de su cita titular con Timothy Bradley en el mes de octubre; decidir si la alegada defensa mandatoria del campeón junior ligero Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez ante Miguel Angel ‘Mikey’ García llegará o no al punto de una subasta, y finalmente, resolver si permitirán que el ex campeón olímpico ucraniano, Vassyl Lomachenko disputará en su debut profesional el título Internacional del peso pluma a diez asaltos.

El Comité de Campeonatos y Clasificaciones que es presidido por el abogado Luis Batista Salas, será el ente que atenderá está titánica sesión que incluye además la discusión de otros temas de gran importancia y en los que están envueltos los campeones de ese organismo.

“Mañana (jueves) discutiremos lo de Márquez y lo de ‘Rocky’ Martínez. Son los asuntos principales que tenemos en agenda”, dijo el presidente de la OMB, Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel, mientras disfrutaba de un paseo en barco por el afluente más extenso de la Unión Europea acompañado de un buen número de ejecutivos de su organismo, promotores y otras figuras del deporte.

“Será una reunión muy interesante y en donde esperamos ver más gente. Tenemos muchas cosas que discutir, entre ellas también estará la aprobación del título Internacional de las 126 libras para Lomachenko que iría directo a disputar un título en su debut profesional, algo que en el boxeo moderno sería histórico”, añadió Valcárcel.

Los representantes de Márquez, García y Lomachenko, están en Hungría. El vicepresidente de Top Rank, Carl Moretti, estará presente en la discusión de los tres casos. Y los manejadores de los tres púgiles también.

Márquez, que irá el 12 de octubre tras la corona welter de la OMB que posee Timothy Bradley, fue emplazado recientemente por ese organismo, quien le solicitó que dejara vacante voluntariamente su título de las 140 libras para poder ser clasificado en las 147 libras. El mexicano sin embargo pidió a la OMB que se le permitiera decidir qué hacer con su corona luego de su pelea con Bradley. Actualmente, Mike Alvarado, quien enfrentará el 19 de octubre a Ruslan Provodnikov en Denver, Colorado, es el campeón interino de la OMB en las 140. La OMB alegó que Márquez no podrá cumplir con su defensa mandatoria y por lo tanto deberá permitir que Alvarado se convierta en campeón en propiedad.

En el caso del puertorriqueño ‘Rocky’ Martínez, que ha defendido ya dos veces su corona de las 130 libras éste año, Valcárcel alegó que su pelea con Diego Magdaleno el pasado mes de abril en China no era mandatoria por lo que deberá enfrentarse al número uno de la división, ‘Mikey’ García, ex campeón pluma que perdió su corona sobre la báscula el pasado 14 de junio, el día antes de lo iba a ser su primera defensa titular. Aun con el mayúsculo traspiés, la OMB colocó a García número uno en las 130. Ahora los dos apuntan a un choque el 9 de noviembre en Texas, pero según Valcárcel, de ambos púgiles no llegar a un acuerdo económico, el pleito será subastado.

En tanto, Lomachenko, considerado el mejor boxeador amateur de ésta década, y un doble medallista de oro olímpico, espera porque el Comité de Campeonatos le permita convertirse en el primer púgil del boxeo moderno en dar el salto a profesional e ir directo a un combate de título mundial. Una decisión a su favor convertiría su caso en uno histórico en el deporte de los guantes. Lomachenko podría enfrentar en su primera pelea al puertorriqueño Jonathan Oquendo durante el respaldo del cartel del 12 de octubre en el Thomas & Mack y que será estelarizado por el choque entre Márquez y Bradley.

Oquendo es un boxeador de mucha experiencia que en su recorrer ha enfrentado a púgiles de la talla de Juan Manuel López y Wilfredo Vázquez Jr.

Finalmente, otros temas a ser discutidos serán los choques mandatorios de los campeones mundiales: Wladimir Klitschko (peso pesado), Robert Stieglitz (súper mediano), Peter Quillin (mediano) y Ricky Burns (peso ligero).


By Gabriel F. Cordero –

A source has informed that the World Boxing Organization (WBO) has asked Mexican four-division world champion and current WBO jr welterweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez to voluntarily move to the welterweight division where he would be rated #1 when he faces WBO welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley on October 12. According to the source, the WBO doesn’t consider that it is stripping Marquez’ world title but wants to reclassify him as a welterweight since hasn’t defended his 140lb crown since April 14, 2012.

However Marquez wants to keep his world champion status and has asked the WBO to wait until after the the October 12 fight before he makes a decision.

Timothy Bradley


By Ryan Burton –

Reigning WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley waged a memorable war with tough Siberian contender Ruslan Provodnikov this past March in Carson, CA.  Bradley stood his ground and traded with the powerful puncher, getting hurt on several occasions throughout the fight.  The Southern California based fighter showed tremendous heart in withstanding the assault and ended up coming out on top in one of the leading “Fight of the Year” candidates.

The soon to be 30-year-old fighter is now scheduled to face Mexican icon Juan Manuel Marquez on October 12th in Las Vegas, NV.  On the most recent edition of BoxingScene Radio, Bradley told us that he thinks that we are in for another war when he steps in the ring with Marquez.

“You know what, I think that this fight is going to end up that way.  I am willing to do whatever it takes to win this fight.  If I need to go toe to toe that’s what I will do.  I know Marquez likes to engage.  He’s a dog in there and I am willing to weather the storm to get the win,” Bradley revealed.

Eyebrows were raised when Bradley turned down a rematch against former 8 division champion Manny Pacquiao.  Bradley created plenty of new opportunities after his gritty performance against Provodnikov set the boxing world abuzz this spring.  He said that a Pacquiao rematch wasn’t the only lucrative option available to him.

“It was really easy man (to fight Marquez instead of Pacquiao).  I have already been down that road, especially after the Provodnikov fight.  A new door opened.  The lights are brighter on my end after like you said, a ‘Fight of the Year candidate’,” Bradley told BoxingScene Radio.

Bradley did however say that he does want a rematch with the Filipino superstar and that part of his reasoning for facing Marquez is that the aging Mexican fighter probably won’t be in the sport for too much longer. He wants to add Marquez’s name to his ledger and then will look at facing Pacquiao in the near future.

“Pacquiao and I definitely will have to get back in the ring sooner or later but I wanted this fight to add to my legacy before Marquez leaves the game.  He is almost 40 years old and may not have much time left.  He is motivated.  He wants to be the first Mexican fighter to win titles in 5 different weight classes.  He’s hungry and I am hungry.  It is going to be one hell of a fight,” Bradley stated.

You can listen to the show in its entirety by clicking here:–68002


By Miguel Rivera –

Undefeated WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s) said the fight with Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO’s) is happening at the right time. Bradley wants to give the Mexican veteran his final defeat as a pro. Marquez, 40-years-old, came close to retiring for good after knocking out Manny Pacquiao in the sixth round of their fourth battle last December in Las Vegas. Bradley won a controversial twelve round decision over Pacquiao last June. He wanted to get Marquez in the ring before the Mexican star walked away from the sport.

“I want to be the last one to beat him. Physically I’m fine, I feel ready. The reason I wanted to fight him is because his family did not want him to fight anymore, they wanted him to retire. I said I’d rather face him [now] before [he retires]. I trained for twelve rounds. I don’t have a lot of knockouts but if it happens it would be great. If it don’t happen, then I’ll win by decision. I want to have all the credit for defeating a legend like Marquez. I’m going to be the new face of boxing on October 12,” said Bradley.

“I think Marquez is hungry and determined. He’s been doing this for a long time. He wants my title but my job is to keep it.”–67751


By Miguel Rivera –

Former four division world champion Erik Morales admits that Juan Manuel Marquez has finally turned himself into a superstar attraction. For years, since their time in Top Rank a decade ago, the two fighters had heat with each other and the two of them have attacked each other in the press numerous times when discussions to stage a fight between the two of them have fallen apart. Marquez, nearly 40-years-old, will face WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley on October 12th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

“You’re always looking for the right moment to achieve something important in your life. One aspires to have athletic achievements but you also aspire for other things like economic success. Marquez is a fighter who did a lot of things throughout his career, but nothing like he’s been able to accomplish today.  Marquez’s timing is unmatched, he beat [Manny] Pacquiao at the right time and he deserves the position that he’s earned. He’s become a star attraction. 10 years ago he was a good fighter but he didn’t mean as much as he does today. I think he is in the best moment of his career,” Morales said.–67434


By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank –

Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr., and four-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez formally announced their October 12 world championship event today with a Los Angeles news conference at The Beverly Hills Hotel.

Timothy Bradley: This is an opportunity for me that I had in the Pacquiao fight that slipped away due to the controversy to become a superstar in boxing and a force too be reckoned with, to be recognized and have a position in boxing. And that didn’t happen. But in this fight it’s gonna happen. It has to happen. Because I wanna be a superstar in boxing. I wanna be a household name. I’m a four-time world champion and I still don’t have a position in boxing yet. I should be on everyone’s pound-for-pound list, but after this fight, October 12, I will be on everybody’s pound-for-pound list without a doubt.

Juan Manuel Marquez: If I want to be the best, I need to beat the best and the best is the champion. Bradley is the champion and I’m ready for that fight. Everyone know what happened in November 2011 (Bradley’s controversial win over Manny Pacquiao). This belt should be mine. On October 12 I’ll be back for the belt!

Bob Arum: Some writers asked me ‘Do you think this event will be overshadowed by the event in September, Mayweather-Canelo, and the event in November, Pacquiao-Rios?’ And I said, ‘No I don’t think so because I think this fight is the best of the three of them. This is the most competitive fight and I think the fans will realize it.’ It’s my hope that the fans buy all three fights because all three fights are very interesting and deserve the support of the fans. But I don’t believe this fight will be overshadowed by anyone.

The Bradley-Marquez press tour will conclude tomorrow with a news conference in Mexico City.

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Los Angeles,Ca.    — (L-R) Undefeated WBO World Welterweight  champion Timothy Bradley and four-division champion Juan Manuel Marquez pose during the commercial shoot for their upcoming Oct 12  world championship fight at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas,Nevada.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Zanfer Promotions, Wynn Las Vegas, Márquez Boxing, and Tecate, Bradley vs. Márquez  will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.  Tickets to Bradley vs. Márquez go on sale This Friday! June 21.  — Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.






Por Ricardo Jiménez, Prensa Top Rank Inc. –

El campeón mundial welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), el invicto estadounidense Timothy Bradley, y el cuatro veces campeón del mundo mexicano Juan Manuel Márquez, iniciaran un gira de dos ciudades (Los Ángeles y Ciudad de México) este jueves 20 de junio para anunciar su duelo de campeonato mundial que se realizara en el Thomas & Mack Center de Las Vegas el 12 de octubre y que será televisado vivo por HBO a través del sistema de pago por evento y el viernes estarán en la ciudad de México.

Junto con Bradley y Márquez estarán el legendario promotor Bob Arum, de Top Rank, y el presidente de Promociones Zanfer, Fernando Beltrán. La conferencia de prensa será en el Crystal Ballroom del Beverly Hills Hotel (9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, California. 90210) a las 11:30 a.m. (hora del pacifico).

Bradley (30-0, 12 KOs), de Palm Springs, California expondrá su corona welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) ante Márquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs), de la Ciudad de México, quien ha ganado campeonatos mundiales en cuatro divisiones diferentes y buscara convertirse en el primer mexicano and conquistar cinco campeones mundiales en igual número de divisiones.

La función es una promoción de Top Rank, Promociones Zanfer , Wynn Las Vegas y Cerveza Tecate y será televisada por HBO Pago Por Evento comenzando a las 6 de la tarde (hora del Pacífico).


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By Chris Williams: Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO’s) says he feels content with his 6th round knockout win over Filipino Manny Pacquiao last December, and he has no interest in fighting him again for a bigger payday because he feels he’s already proven himself by beating.

Marquez said to ESPN “I don’t think about that [fighting Pacquiao] anymore. Anything that was pending was settled in every way. If he would have knocked me out the way I did to him, how am I going to ask for another fight? Keeping that feeling is grandiose.”

Marquez is taking the right approach. Why bother fighting Pacquiao again when he’s already proven that he’s better than him in their four fights. Marquez got jobbed on the win in the first fight after out-boxing Pacquiao from the 2nd round until the 12th.

Marquez also was on the receiving ends of highly controversial decisions in 2008 and 2011 in fights that the boxing public had him winning.

It’s probably true that if Pacquiao had knocked Marquez out cold last December instead of the other way around, Marquez would be getting totally ignored by Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum in trying to land a fight with him.

Marquez will be fighting Pacquiao’s conqueror WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s) on October 12th in a fight on HBO at the Thomas & Mack Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

The fight won’t bring Marquez nearly the kind of money that he made against Pacquiao, but he doesn’t care about that. Marquez wants to capture another world title and Bradley has the belt that he wants.

This is about Marquez’s goals and legacy. He wants to beat Bradley and take his strap to capture his 5th division world title.

Bradley took a lot of punishment in his last fight against Ruslan Provodnikov. He had better hope that his head has healed from that beating because if there are any lingering problems then Marquez will knock him out.



By Miguel Rivera –

Four division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40KOs) does not expect the same Timothy Bradley (30-0, 12Kos) that fans saw in March against Ruslan Provodnikov. In that particular fight, the WBO welterweight champion stood toe to toe with Provodnikov. He took a lot of punishment and nearly got himself knocked out several times in the contest.

Marquez feels the other Timothy Bradley will show up. The Bradley who boxes and uses speed to his advantage.

Marquez-Bradley is set for September 14th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

“No, I don’t think he will [fight me like he did Provodnikov],” Marquez said. “He has an elusive style, a style consisting of speed and I think it’s going to be a great fight for the fans. Bradley is the champion, a very tough fighter and if we win we will be beating another great fighter. If we were to lose, and we never have that on our mind, but we would be losing to another great fighter. It will be a great event and it takes place on an important date for Mexicans in the United States and here in our country.”–65491


By:  Corey Quincy –

The principles of life, often disregarded in the name of sport, have shaped what could be one of the top technical bouts of the year between Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez and Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley. The welterweight 12-rounder for Bradley’s WBO title is set for Sept. 14 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

The basis of sport usually isn’t grounded in any “what is right/what is wrong” system. It is sometimes founded on the grounds of what’s most logical, but often on the grounds of finance and relatedly, a dash of selfishness or greed. Marquez threw the common sporting thesis out the window, the one that said he’d take a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao, even after sinking him with one right hand in round six of their December 2012 fight.

That isn’t the way a boxer with eyes on the biggest possible paycheck conducts himself. Marquez fights with dignity. He loves a new challenge. He has said as much in explaining his motive for pursuing a Bradley bout rather than another Pacquiao rematch.

When he defeated Pacquiao in the fourth meeting, he proved himself as the better fighter in a back-and-forth war. That was the fight to decide all Pacquiao-Marquez fights after a three-fight trilogy featuring two controversial defeats and a draw for Marquez. Whatever the judges thought, a good number of fans felt his spot-on precision counterpunching won him all three. At nearly 40 years old, why return to the series?

Finance would be a reason. He was supposedly offered a substantial amount of money for a fifth battle with Pacquiao, even though he remained the pay-per-view “B” side. But a well-rounded man like Marquez, one who has been around the bend, is wise, and has more to fight for than cash. Money isn’t the sole reason he fights; he wants to put on a show, impress the crowd. And he isn’t going to have his career taken advantage of.

So that brings us to Juan Manuel Marquez against Timothy Bradley. HBO PPV plans to broadcast, with a full show to be announced later.

Bradley is coming off two heavily controversial bouts. The first was in June of last year against “Pac-Man” Pacquiao himself. Bradley took a title-winning split decision over 12 rounds that the majority of viewers thought he lost. Afterwards, Bradley put on a gutsy title defense against Russian slugger Ruslan Provodnikov. Despite being badly hurt and put on the deck in rounds 1 and 12, he fought through the most damaging bout of his career to edge a close decision.

Both of these fights forced Bradley to adapt and evolve to defend his now 30-0 record. Provodnikov caught him hard in round 1 with his snapping right hand and continued to batter him through round 3, but Bradley regained his composure and boxed very well until the 12th round knockdown in which he was forced to painfully sponge what consciousness he had left into a unanimous decision victory.

The Pacquiao fight was a learning experience for Bradley. He was outgunned against Pacquiao but showed merit with basic fundamentals, including a very solid jab/right hand combination he used to take three of the 12 rounds on my personal scorecard.

Forced to endure floods of hate-mail — including fruitless death threats from enraged viewers — Bradley was left in a tight position: What should he do next in his boxing career? He has now left behind the disputed “I beat Pacquiao” topic in hopes of beginning a new chapter. A victory over Marquez will leave his welterweight title gold shining brightest.

Marquez against Bradley is a fight the most die-hard boxing fan can affirmatively cheer about: These are two domineering, elite level boxers, after all. But how will it sell to the general public, which sometimes values bloodshed over technique?

Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather talk the talk; they are very defined personalities, with Mayweather playing the foul-mouthed dictator and Pacquiao playing the humble-minded warrior. That was always an interesting dynamic to their rivalry. There was always a slowly-burning fire inside the heart of every boxing fan that said each fight was building to something more — perhaps a throwdown between each other? While no significant evidence suggested it would ever happen, fans were driven by the idea.

How does one market Bradley-Marquez? Top Rank Promotions is a socially integrated, modernly adapted and well-groomed company. You will see the television adverts, perhaps HBO’s  “24/7,” assorted promotional tidbits and much more. My question is what will truly land the fans in the seats of the Thomas & Mack Center and tapping the “order” button on their remotes?

The common enemy? Both fighters have scored upset victories over Pacquiao, and their names are forever connected for that reason.

The intriguing stories? Marquez is a hard-nosed Mexican willing to bring a show in every fight. Bradley is a young, relatable small-town Californian many consider one of the top rising stars in the fight game.

The raw substance? Bradley is a well-skilled boxer with sturdy all-around ability. He has a solid jab, knows to work the body and keep up the lateral movement, but he isn’t fearful of taking a punch and engaging toe-to-toe when necessary. Marquez is a well-tuned counterpuncher with a great right hand and controlled aggression which makes him a thrilling twist to the traditional Mexican fighting style.

Perhaps it will be some of all of the above. This is a complex operation that Top Rank’s Bob Arum and his public relations gurus will be working hard on for the months leading up to the bout.

With so many factors involved and title supremacy on the line, Bradley and Marquez will duke it out in a Mexican Independence-themed war on Sept. 14. All of the questions will surely be answered.


Posted by: Rene Umanzor

Four division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO) will be chasing his fifth title on September 14th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las vegas. In an earlier article on, Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum said a fight between Marquez and WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (30-0, 12KOs) was close to a deal for September 14th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Marquez views Bradley as the best possible option right now, because he wants to make history by capturing a fifth world championship in a fifth weight class. And what better time to do it than Mexican Independence Day.

“I will fight on a very important date for Mexicans, and it is a joy for me to fight for the welterweight championship on that day. [Bradley’s belt is] a title which belonged to me since 2011 but I was denied in the third fight against Manny Pacquiao and why shouldn’t I go and get what’s mine,” Marquez stated.

“To me, this is the best option. Bradley is the best welterweight and to be the best you have to fight the best. He is an undefeated fighter, elusive, difficult, so I must work on speed. I think the key [in this fight] will be to counter his speed.”

“Choosing Bradley was not difficult. I always had it in my mind that my victory over Pacquiao was very important, but I wanted to go forward and not backward [by fighting Pacquiao a fifth time], and Bradley is a challenge that I know the Mexican fans will like and I think it’s time to turn the page with this new goal.”–64735


By Salvador Rodriguez –

Former four division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO’s) has revealed that he plans to continue his career by challenging WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s) for the WBO welterweight championship on September 14th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The fight is almost sure to land on HBO Pay-Per-View

“I had a meeting, I spoke with my family. The decision was made because I still feel good. I feel capable and I can probably do two or three more fights,” Marquez told ESPN Deportes Radio.

Marquez says he was given two return options – Bradley or WBO interim-junior welterweight champion Mike Alvarado. He selected Bradley.

“They discussed two opponents for September 14: Mike Alvarado and Timothy Bradley. I like challenges, Bradley would be a difficult fight for me. Apart from being world champion it would be a challenge to fight him and win another big challenge title in a fifth division, which for me is something that fills me with pride to have the opportunity to try,” he said.

This move by Marquez would leave Manny Pacquiao with the likely option of facing Alvarado on a date in October in Macau.–64561

juan-manuel-marquez-dinamitaBy Giancarlo Oquendo & Miguel Rivera

Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40KOs) may still continue his career beyond a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao in the fall, according to his promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions. Marquez’s wife has given him permission to have a few more fights. The plan is to have a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao in September, and the next clash is being pushed to take place outside of the United States for tax purposes.

“Juan Manuel Márquez already confirmed to me that he plans to continue [his career] in boxing and [told me] it is necessary to begin to review offers, to see the plans, to begin [the next steps] the following big fight [from last December]. He already spoke with his wife and children, with his family, and they support him in continuing [his career],” Beltran said.

“The two fighters do not want to pay so many taxes, and yes there is the possibility that it will happen in Macau, which is something that [Top Rank CEO] Bob [Arum] likes. [Arum] will do a show [in Macau] in April and he will see what we can do there and what kind of purses [we can get for the fighters] and other aspects. But there is also the new arena in Mexico City.”


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Podría ser en Las Vegas la quinta pelea entre el mexicano y el filipino


Pacquiao (izquierda) quiere pelear en abril en Filipinas. (AP)

Por Rigo Cervantez / Especial para

LOS ÁNGELES – La quinta versión de la serie de confrontaciones entre el mexicano Juan Manuel Márquez y el filipino Manny Pacquiao, está cocinada y lista para servirse, el próximo mes de septiembre, presumiblemente, en Las Vegas, Nevada, informó a Ricardo Jiménez, vocero de la empresa Top Rank.

“Pacquiao va a iniciar su campaña de reelección en mayo y junio, por ello, desea pelear en abril. Pero, de no hacerse ese combate que él quiere, entonces lo volveríamos a ver hasta el mes de septiembre, contra Juán Manuel Márquez,” indicó Jiménez.

El congresista filipino, que tiene un contrato de exclusividad con Top Rank hasta el final de 2014, desea pelear en su país, antes de retirarse del boxeo:

“Pacquiao quiere una pelea en abril, en Filipinas o en alguna capital asiática. Una promoción que no es fácil, por todo lo que pide él de bolsa y no cualquier rival puede generar una taquilla importante,” añadió el vocero de la empresa promotora que preside Bob Arum.

Luego de tres pleitos con desenlaces más que controversiales, en los que Pacquiao (54-5-2), había salido con la mano en alto en dos oportunidades, mientras que la tercera era declarada empate, el pasado 8 de diciembre, Márquez (55-6-1), lograba el nocaut número 40 de su carrera, dejando a su rival de bruces sobre la lona, tras un certero derechazo al mentón, en el sexto asalto.

Pacquiao_MarquezSAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- La Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), por medio de su presidente Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, felicitó al campeón supergallo de la entidad, el filipino Nonito Donaire, quien fue escogido como Boxeador del Año 2012 por la Asociación de Escritores de Boxeo de América (BWAA, por sus siglas en inglés), así como la Pelea del Año entre los múltiples monarcas mundiales Manny Pacquiao y Juan Manuel Márquez.

“Por este medio queremos felicitar a Nonito Donaire por este gran logro en su carrera y además decir que estamos orgullosos que sea uno de nuestros campeones. Nonito es uno de los mejores boxeadores en la actualidad y nos honra que lleve en alto las correas de la OMB”, dijo Valcárcel sobre el peleador que defendió su correa de las 122 libras en tres ocasiones durante 2012. “También felicitamos a Robert García (Entrenador del Año 2012), un amigo personal mío, por su gran labor como entrenador de Nonito y de otros buenos peleadores que tiene en su cuadra, como su hermano Mikey García, que se coronó recientemente”.

Nonito DonaireDonaire (31-1, 20 KOs), que había sido campeón gallo de la OMB, comenzó el 2012 con un triunfo por decisión en febrero sobre el puertorriqueño Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. para ganar el cetro vacante supergallo de la OMB, que defendió exitosamente con victorias sobre los ex monarcas mundiales Jeffrey Mathebula en julio, Toshiaki Nishioka en octubre y Jorge “Travieso” Arce en diciembre.

Mientras, Valcárcel también elogió la elección como Pelea del Año 2012 por la BWAA al cuarto combate entre Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) y Márquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs), en el que la OMB entregó al mexicano la correa de Campeón de la Década, que estaba destinado al vencedor entre estas dos leyendas. Este choque se efectuó el 8 de diciembre en el MGM Grand de Las Vegas y lo ganó Márquez con un espectacular nocaut en el sexto asalto. Pacquiao había sido derribado en el tercer asalto y Márquez en el quinto, pero en el sexto Márquez le conectó una fuerte derecha a Pacquiao que lo dejó tendido sobre el cuadrilátero por la cuenta definitiva.

“Sabíamos que sería una pelea grande, ya que medía a dos leyendas del boxeo, y así fue, una gran pelea que mantuvo a todo el mundo a la expectativa y que le dio a Márquez el título de Campeón de la Década de la OMB”, indicó Valcárcel. “Felicitamos a Márquez y a Pacquiao por darle a los fanáticos tan buen espectáculo”.

En un año pleno de reconocimientos, el mexicano Juan Manuel Márquez se afianzó en el boxeo mundial y logró adjudicarse el mérito al mejor boxeador latino de 2012 para


Además de su dramático nocaut sobre el filipino Manny Pacquiao, Márquez también sumó una victoria por puntos sobre el ucraniano Serhiy Fedchenko.


En la elección del mejor pugilista latino de la última temporada, Márquez se impuso al argentino Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez (segundo lugar) y al estadounidense de sangre boricua Danny García (tercer lugar).


Márquez posee un extraordinario record de 55-6-1, con 40 nocauts, y a los 39 años se mantiene en la elite del boxeo mundial.


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El púgil mexicano Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Márquez tiene una oferta de 15 millones de dólares para combatir en Dubai, en abril próximo, contra Zolani Marali, informó este lunes el entrenador Ignacio Beristáin en el gimnasio Romanza.

“Le ofrecieron a Juan Manuel, 15 millones de dólares libres de impuestos por combatir en Dubai contra Zolani Marali, el campeón superligero de la Federación Mundial de Boxeo y esa oferta no se puede rechazar”, abundó.

El mentor veracruzano comentó que la decisión la tomará Juan Manuel Márquez, “es el único que puede decidir, porque él se sube al ring, pero no va a pelear por tortillas duras y esa oferta millonaria no la va a rechazar”.

Beristáin fue cuestionado de que Fernando Beltrán mencionó como posibles rivales del capitalino a Jessie Vargas y Vyacheslav Senchenko, “no los conozco, pero debe haber buen dinero para convencer a Juan Manuel”.

“Dinamita” Márquez aplicó espectacular nocaut al filipino Manny Pacquiao en su cuarto combate en la arena Garden, del hotel casino MGM Grand de Las Vegas, Nevada y disfruta de vacaciones, “para su siguiente pelea deberá entrenar cuatro meses, como lo hizo ante el Pacman”, finalizó.

According to trainer/manager Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, a rich prince in Dubai has put together a written offer of $15 million dollars to see Juan Manuel Marquez face the junior welterweight champion of the World Boxing Federation (WBF), Zolani Marali (22-5, 13 KO’s) of South Africa. Marquez is being lined up to return in the month on April, in a tuneup for a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao in September.

Nacho says despite the big offer for a fight in Dubai, promoters Bob Arum of Top Rank and Fernando Beltran of Zanfer are at the head of the line to stage Marquez’s next fight.

“At a function in Morelia, the president of the WBF (Howard Goldberg), an association that works more in Europe and Africa, was told me to tell me that a prince was interested in Juan and sent a written proposal to face Zolani Marali,” Nacho said. “It has a formal offer of $15 million to fight in Dubai, but Bob Arum and Fernando Beltran have priority.”

The proposal has a date in March, which Nacho says is not possible because Marquez has not been training. Even a date in April would be tough, says Nacho, but at least that is possible given the circumstances.

“I think that is not enough time for Juan to fight, because he is usually prepared very well and he knows he can not go into a fight with little preparation, so I do not think that anything will happen on that date,” he said.

By Rene Umanzor

The Mexican maestro went 2-0 (1) in 2012 and finally put his long-running argument with Manny Pacquiao to bed by handing his rival a knockout defeat in a late candidate for fight of the year.  Marquez is now 1-2-1 against his fellow modern day legend, but the nature of the KO win was manna from heaven for his legion of fans, with Anthony Crolla chief amongst them.

“I’ve got to be honest, I think the finish was brilliant, but I thought Marquez looked old there,” said Crolla when speaking about our pick for ‘Overseas fighter of the year’.  “For the first time, I was worried that Manny might stop him, so I’d like to see Marquez stop now, but that won’t happen.  It would be nice to finish on that high, he scored a knockdown in the third, but in rounds four and five he looked like he’d slowed down that little bit so this could be the right time to go.”

By Terrence Dooley

Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40KOs), 39-years-old, has the world in his hands as he closes out 2012. After winning his fourth world title in April, with a twelve round decision over Sergey Fedchenko, he came back on December 8th to knock Manny Pacquiao out in the sixth round of their fourth match. He became the WBO’s “Fighter of The Decade” and the win over Pacquiao gave him numerous “Fight of The Year” and Knockout of The Year” honors.

“[I’m leaving this year with] the satisfaction of two great fights. First, I returned to fight in Mexico City, in the Mexico City Arena, which was a success. The place was full, I got my fourth divisional title by winning the junior welterweight crown of the World Boxing Organization (WBO), and I did that in front of my people and in my city. That’s gave me pride. Then, on the 8th of December, I had the biggest fight of my life,” Marquez said.

“It was against a great fighter, a great character, I’m talking about Pacquiao. I demonstrated who was the best in this fight and our previous meetings where I had been robbed. I won as I should have, with a knockout, and that was the only way to do it.”

As far as the upcoming year, Marquez will not specify if he plans to continue his career. A final decision has not been made. His wife wants him to retire, but Juan Manuel is doing his best to change her mind – at least for one or two more fights.

“I want to enjoy my family [in 2013], to be with them, to give them the time that they deserve, and especially to have good health, because without it very little can be done. In professional matters, I do not know yet if I will hang up my gloves or if I plan to do one or two more fights…I do not know, honestly. I will sit down to discuss this, as I’ve said, with my family, and together we’ll see what is next,” Marquez said.

Por Ernesto Castellanos

La Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) emitió ayer un comunicado mediante el cual hizo oficial queJuan Manuel Márquez es el campeón de la década. El documento señala que el pasado día 8 entregó a Márquez el cinturón que lo acredita como tal. El cinto le fue entregado en el ring, después de que aplicó brutal nocaut al filipino Manny Pacquiao en el estadio Grand Garden Arena, del hotel MGM.
El cinturón fue puesto en la cintura de Márquez por el abogado puertorriqueño Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, presidente de la OMB, quien cumplió así el anuncio de que el vencedor de ese esperado encuentro se llevaría tal premio.
Este cinturón podrá conservarlo Márquez el resto de su existencia, ya que no es para ponerse en juego.
“Es un reconocimiento al mejor campeón del mundo reconocido por la Organización Mundial de Boxeo en los últimos diez años”, expresó el comunicado, que tiene a Márquez como súper campeón mundial superligero OMB.
Anteriormente, Juan Manuel fue campeón mundial liviano de la misma organización, corona que dejó vacante al conquistar el cinturón superligero ante el ucraniano Sergey Fedchenko, en la Arena México.
La OMB decidió crear este cinturón de reconocimiento durante su pasada convención realizada en Hollywood, Florida.
La Organización sopesó en esa reunión lo hecho por sus campeones mundiales en los últimos diez años, y se concluyó en designar a Juan Manuel por sus hazañas en el campo de batalla.
El citado cinto fue el único que se disputó en esa ya histórica contienda, la cuarta batalla entre Márquez y Pacquiao.