Last Night, in Las Vegas, Nevada; Tim Bradley did what he does best, he won. Bradley was awarded the split decision victory over future hall-of-famer and arguably the greatest Mexican fighter of all time, Juan Manuel Marquez. Marquez turned down a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao in the hopes of becoming the first 5 division Mexican champion, but sadly for him, Bradley wasnt there to witness history.
The first round was very close and could have gone to either fighter without much of an argument. Bradley began to box more effectively starting in the second round and was razor sharp with his jab. Marquez did very little of note between rounds two through nine, and I personally didn’t give him any of those rounds as Bradley boxed and moved and made Marquez look as if there was cement in his shoes. Marquez came out strong in the ninth round and won his first clear round of the fight, he also did enough to win the tenth and possibly the eleventh. Bradley boxed well in the twelfth and badly staggered Marquez in the final seconds of the fight, finishing the fight strong.
Somehow, the judges all had the fight very close, and incredulously one judge even GAVE Marquez the fight; although one blind judge wasn’t enough to steal Bradley’s title as he won the other two judges scorecards 115:113 and 116:112.
For Marquez, this is a very tough loss, he didn’t look good, and he is 40 years old; the only meaningful fight still out there for him seems to be a fifth Pacquiao fight, if he wants to take it. Bradley now improves to 31-0 and adds another big name to his impressive resume, from here he looks poised to rematch Manny Pacquaio or possibly take on pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather jr. Whichever way he decides to go, big things are ahead for the “Desert Storm”.