LAS VEGAS—One month removed from the mega millions bout between Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and another Mexican versus Black fighter theme played out at the Thomas & Mack Center with undefeated Tim Bradley and veteran warrior Juan Manuel Marquez in starring roles last Saturday.
Both with victories over former pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao stated their case in a confrontation of top 10 pound for pound combatants.
After tit for tat beginning where both seemed to be fearful of taking the necessary risk to land a punch, thing interesting.
The fifth round was a signature round for Bradley as he boxed and moved like you know who and the biased Mexican crowd continued to root for any feint or punch Marquez threw, few if any landed.
Again in the fifth round Bradley, pumped the jab into the reddened and puffy face of Marquez.
In the 10th, and probably the most engaging round of the fight, Bradley caught Marquez with a counter left that staggered the veteran and nearly put him on the canvas.
Bradley got a bit lazy in the 11th and Marquez even tried to pull a Robert Guerrero by hitting him on the break.
Then in the 12th and championship round Bradley for some unforeseen reason dropped his hands and allowed for Marquez to have his best round of the fight, until he caught Marquez flush with a left right that wobbled him and nearly put him down. The judges rewarded Marquez and it probably cost Bradley a unanimous decision that would have matched him with the verdict that Mayweather gained over Marquez.
In the end the judges got it right scoring it a split decision victory Bradley as he retained his WBO welterweight championship and improved to 31-0.
The Sentinel had Bradley winning 8 of the 12 rounds, and it was probably Bradley’s most complete performance.
In this fight he proved that he is equal the athlete that Mayweather is although he certain lacks the speed and punching accuracy.
Whom he fights next is the big question.
If Pacqiao wins in December that would not be a bad rematch for him to proved that he was worthy of the victory, but then again he did rather soundly beat Marquez who flattened the Pac Man.