By Edward Chaykovsky –

WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (30-0, 12KOs) admits that Manny Pacquiao’s offer of $6 million dollars for a November rematch is more money than he is expected to receive for the fall defense against former four division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40KOs).

Pacquiao, who lost a controversial decision to Bradley last June, offered him a large sum for a rematch on November 24th in Macao, China.

Bradley was not interested in facing Pacquiao in Macao and he felt a victory over Marquez would mean more for his legacy. Marquez knocked Pacquiao out cold in the sixth round of their fourth battle in December.

“Sometimes it’s not just about the money. Sometimes it’s about making career moves,” Bradley told The Desert Sun. “This makes sense. It just makes sense. I think the styles make for an interesting fight and it’s a tough fight for both fighters.

“To be the best, you have to beat the best, and Marquez is one of the best fighters in the world. It’s right next to Floyd Mayweather when it comes to the best counter punchers in the game. I just want to take on one of the best, and that’s the reason I took on Marquez.”–65759


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 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