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Unbeaten Bradley clashes with Marquez Saturday
By: Mark Kern - StatFox
Published: 10/12/2013  at  4:53:00 AM
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Welterweight Fight: Bradley vs. Marquez

Saturday, October 12 – 11:00 p.m. ET
Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, NV

Timothy Bradley (30-0, 1 NC) vs.
Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1)

WBO Welterweight title
Line: Marquez -145, Bradley +115

Undefeated Timothy Bradley will look to defend his welterweight championship belt on Saturday night in Las Vegas as he goes up against Juan Manuel Marquez.

Bradley is coming off a victory over Ruslan Provodnikov, despite getting knocked down in the first round and almost knocked out in the last round. He made headlines after the fight after saying that he believed he had suffered a concussion in the first round, and that he was still feeling the effects nearly two months later. However, he said he is back to his normal self now, and that is an explosive athlete with lighting-quick punches. That sets up an interesting match against Marquez, In his bout against Manny Pacquiao on Dec. 8, Marquez showed how devastating he can be with his punches, knocking Pacquiao out cold. Bradley is a very tough fighter who will be determined to get back in the ring, but he is going up against a monster in Marquez. Look for a very entertaining fight early, but in the end, the powerful fists of MARQUEZ will end the match by way of knockout.

The 40-year-old Marquez has a huge experience advantage over Bradley, as he has been in 62 fights compared to just 31 by Bradley. Besides fighting Pacquiao four times, he has gone up against other greats such as Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Diaz twice. For this weight class, Marquez is an absolute monster with his strength. Of his 55 career victories, 40 of them have come by way of knockout. This includes five knockouts in his past seven victories. In this fight, the 5-foot-7 Marquez (67-inch reach) is really going to look to stay near Bradley the entire match and wear him down with his punching ability. If he is able to do this, this fight could be over quick. However, if Bradley is able to dance around and use his quickness, then Bradley has a very good chance to get the victory.

Being 30-0 is one thing, but any time that you have a victory over Manny Pacquiao, you are instantly an elite boxer. The 30-year-old Bradley’s biggest strength is that he is always the best-conditioned athlete when he enters the ring. He is in terrific shape, which allows him to go the entire fight without wearing down. That is a huge key for him, as he lacks the type of punching power to end a match, with a mere 12 knockouts among his 30 career wins and just one KO in his past 12 fights. Another weakness that he must avoid is getting lured into a brawl. If this happens, there is simply no way he can defeat Marquez. The 5-foot-6 Bradley (69-inch reach) must stick to his game plan, delivering quick punches and use his cardio to his advantage.

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