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Bradley Wants Marquez Next—Not Pacquiao Rematch

By Ryan Maquiñana

Timothy Bradley was all smiles at the 2013 Boxing Writers Association of America dinner Thursday night at New York City’s Capitale.

At the beginning of the evening, the welterweight titleholder was reunited with the second half of the early front-runner of Fight of the Year, Ruslan Provodnikov, who promptly asked him for a rematch as the two men shook hands.

Bradley obliged and told Provodnikov that he would get his return bout sometime in the future.  After the Russian challenger left, Bradley spoke about the redemption he felt after standing toe-to-toe with his last foe en route to victory, especially given the controversial nature and aftermath from his penultimate outing against Manny Pacquiao last year.

“What I want the boxing fans to take from that [Provodnikov] fight is that I have the heart of a lion,” Bradley told BoxingScene.com/CSNBayArea.com. “With my dedication to the sport, my dedication to my craft, hard work and dedication definitely does pay off.  Believe in yourself, even if nobody believes in you.

“It gives you something to fight for.  It gives you inspiration.  The fact that I came, and I was hurt.  I battled back, got hurt again, battled back, and to win a decision—a  unanimous decision.   And I was hurt several times in the fight.  I think that’s unbelievable.  I think that speaks loudly.”

As far as whether he would prefer a rematch with Pacquiao or a matchup with Juan Manuel Marquez, Bradley was unequivocal with his answer.

“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.  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.”

Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for NBCOlympics.com during London 2012 and writes a weekly column for CSNBayArea.com.  He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected] , check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by T18Z on 04-15-2013

[QUOTE=GRUSTLER;13243991]Marquez has never targeted Manny's body like he did in the 4th fight. Are you telling me that you watched the fight and did not see him land any body shots? And are you trying to tell us that body…

Comment by ailicec on 04-15-2013

The only way Pacquiao starts going back to 1 million ppvs and up is if he defeats Marquez or Mayweather. Otherwise his ppv numbers will be in the 500,000's. Marquez knows this and that is why he is asking for…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 04-14-2013

Why the hell do you think Marquez wanted to focus more on Manny's body? Just to fake like he was going to hit him? He wanted to decrease Pacquiao's activity, open him up and sit more on his punches to…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 04-14-2013

[QUOTE=T18Z;13240865][B]He used a body shot FEINT to open manny up[/B] for a hard right, apart from that his body shots weren't doing **** to his legs, stop talking out your ass. You got proof he lost his legs? Or has…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 04-14-2013

[QUOTE=Tony B.;13240918]Exactly right. It was a hotly contested war until Marquez iced him. Pacfans now want to rewrite history as if it was some kind of miraculous comeback from a one-sided beat down. I saw the same fight you did.[/QUOTE]…

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