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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.