Juan Manuel Marquez vs Timothy Bradley Live PPV Boxing Online Stream watch free HDTV
Both men scored big wins over Pacquiao, but the fallout was very different. Marquez’s win made him a legitimate legend and certain Hall of Famer. Bradley’s controversial split decision over Pacquiao in June 2012 earned him the WBO welterweight title. However, because the decision is widely viewed as unjust, Bradley has never received the credit he deserves as an undefeated champion. In fact, he and his family were ridiculed and harassed behind the decision, per Damian Calhoun of the Orange County Register. Bradley’s win over Provodnikov was a struggle primarily because the champion elected to fight the slugging Siberian toe-to-toe. He wanted to prove his mettle, but in the process he underestimated Provodnikov and was nearly stopped on multiple occasions in the fight. While he took unnecessary damage, he did win over some fans with his show of toughness. Was it a smart gamble? Not at all. Sometimes the quest for public approval can put you in harm’s way. This was one of those times. Marquez has nothing left to prove. Nothing that happens in the ring for the rest of his career can taint his legacy. He’s headed to the Hall of Fame having mounted a sparkling record, a 64 percent KO rate and an emphatic win over another legend. Beating Bradley would just be gravy. Some fighters continue to fight for the love of the sport, fame, money, respect, validation or all of the above. In Marquez’s case, it has to be the first three options. He obviously loves his craft, but he can’t mind the increased paydays either. For his last fight with Pacquiao, Marquez was guaranteed $3 million, per Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports. The details of the purse for the Bradley fight haven’t been published yet. While it isn’t likely to be as high as $3 million, you can bet it is more than what Marquez was making before he left Pacquiao lying face down in the ring. Boxing fans should take notice. Two elite, professional fighters are set to do battle this weekend. Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6, 40 KO) will challenge WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (30-0, 12 KO) on Saturday night at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Bradley is making his second defense of the title he captured from Manny Pacquiao in June 2012 after a controversial split decision. He gutted out a win over tough Russian Ruslan Provodnikov in March and he’s looking to earn a win over a living legend. The punch that Marquez landed on Pacquiao in December is the most impacting in-ring event in the past five years. Marquez returns to the ring looking to add to his legendary achievements.