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Juan M. Marquez Gets Full Title Status With Bradley's Move

Undefeated American Tim Bradley has chosen to keep the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown he took from Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao and forfeit the WBO junior welterweight crown.

The decision, revealed on the sanctioning body's website, means Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez moves into the WBO junior welterweight throne while Bradley sits atop the WBO welterweight ranks after his controversial split decision shocker.

Marquez, who had held the interim WBO junior welterweight title, has now reigned in four weight classes, half as many as Pacquiao.

Bradley, 29-0 with 12 knockouts, hopes for a November 10 rematch with Pacquiao. But "Pac-Man" promoter Bob Arum has made a case for Pacquiao instead to fight Marquez for a fourth time after beating him twice and drawing once.

Each Pacquiao-Marquez fight was a slugfest and a close verdict.

Either Marquez or Bradley appears to be a more likely foe than unbeaten US star Floyd Mayweather, who remains behind bars on domestic violence charges but should be ready to fight again late this year.

Fans have longed for a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight but negotiations have failed and the luster has started to dim in the wake of Pacquiao's defeat and Mayweather's incarceration.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lefthook2daliva on 06-28-2012

[QUOTE=lopez36;12285976]how about mathysse vs jmm? that would be a good one[/QUOTE] I could get behind that. :boxing:

Comment by DoktorSleepless on 06-28-2012

He beat Pacquiao. He deserves a belt. Here's a more legit champion than anyone at at 140 except maybe Khan. I don't care that he had to get it in a round about way.

Comment by Bermuda on 06-28-2012

[QUOTE=sapo1;12286173]Half as many an manny pac!!!! to bad manny pac only faught in the actual weight classes half the time!!! how do you win the 154lbs title at a 150lbs catch weight?? how do you win the 147lbs at a…

Comment by tlarry on 06-28-2012

Whatever! Marquez needs as many opportunities to fight Pacquiao as it takes to get ONE "W". That's weak. In the meantime, He goes to the bank each time, in a healthy way. The World of Boxing knows Bradley got spanked…

Comment by LeG00N on 06-28-2012

Great news!

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