• Welterweight

Bradley wants Marquez, camp wants Pacquiao

ESPN staff
April 17, 2013
Timothy Bradley's split-decision victory over Manny Pacquiao remains disputed in boxing circles © Getty Images

WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley may be keen on a showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez, but his camp believes a rematch with Manny Pacquiao would settle any lingering doubts about his claim to the title.

The undefeated former light-welterweight champion picked himself up from a final-round knockdown to land a unanimous decision against Ruslan Provodnikov, Pacquiao's sparring partner, in his first defence of the title in March.

And while the American would like to face Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked out Pacquiao in emphatic fashion in their fourth encounter in 2012, his manager Cameron Dunkin is eyeing a second bout with the Filipino to prove his fighter deserves the belt.

Bradley's 2012 split decision victory over Pacquiao, his first after stepping back up to welterweight, remains shrouded in controversy. Despite trailing in punches landed, two judges scored the fight 115-113 in Bradley's favour, ending Pacquiao's seven-year unbeaten streak and taking his WBO title in the process.

"I prefer Bradley versus Pacquiao over Marquez. I think he could settle a lot of things inside him," Dunkin told ESPN's Michael Woods. "He'll beat Pacquiao good this time."

Last week Bradley admitted he wanted to face Marquez and find out "who the best is" now that both had beaten Pacquiao, considered by some to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world in his heyday.

"I want Marquez," Bradley told BoxingScene.com. "He's the guy who knocked out Pacquiao. You got two guys who defeated Pacquiao going at it. Let's see who the best is.

"He's a great champion and a great warrior, and I would love the opportunity to have a shot at one of the best fighters, pound-for-pound, if not, one of the best fighters ever.

"A lot of people, especially after seeing me fight Provodnikov, a lot of people will bet against me, but I tell you this. Don't bet against me because you'll lose your money again."

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