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Marquez Explains Why He Picked Bradley over Pacquiao

By Ryan Burton

Shortly after Floyd Mayweather's unanimous decision victory over Robert Guerrero, Juan Manuel Marquez spoke to BoxingScene.com about his decision to face  WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley instead of a more lucrative fifth fight against Manny Pacquiao.  Marquez feels that his December 8th knockout of the Filipino Congressman more than sealed their series and that there is no need for another fight. He said that he couldn't say why Bradley turned down a rematch against Pacquiao but that he feels an argument can be made for why he won each of his four fights against Pacquiao.

"Everybody has their opinion.  To each his own.  I don't know why Bradley doesn't want to fight him.  I don't know his situation.  In my case we have already fought four times and I practically won all four.  The first time was a draw, the second time was a split decision and the third time was a majority decision where it was even more clear that I should have won.  In the fourth fight I left no doubt as to who won and that cleared up the first three fights," Marquez explained.

Marquez said that while money is important, his legacy and honor are more important and that is one of the reasons why he decided against facing Pacquiao again.

"That is true. Honor comes first.  My personal honor and the honor of my people come first.  The feeling that I have from that victory is very rewarding.  It is something I will keep for me the rest of my life.  Money isn't the most important factor," Marquez revealed.

The 39-year-old Marquez said that a world title in a fifth weight class would be very rewarding and would provide the motivation needed to get him to train at the highest level.  If Marquez were to capture a world title in a fifth weight class he would become the first Mexico born fighter to achieve that feat.  Marquez declined to say where such a victory would place him amongst Mexican all time greats.

"It is another motivation for me.  I want a fifth title in a different weight class.  It is a great motivation for me that would make me train hard.  I would love to achieve that but I need to work very hard because TImothy Bradley is a great fighter.  I don't know where I would rank.  That is up to you guys," Marquez told BoxingScene.com.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Phantomas on 05-18-2013

Pac could have given Márquez the 50% he asked for, just for pride. But I don´t blame him because after getting knocked out like that anyones pride and ego would get severely diminished.

Comment by Goldie on 05-18-2013

[QUOTE=retnuocllup;13386632]it means JMM was taking them power pellets. in 3 fights JMM was landing those same shots and it wasn't doing sh.it to Pac.[/QUOTE]H was evening the playing field. Pacquiao shouldn't have been the only one in the ring on…

Comment by KickAzz on 05-18-2013

[QUOTE=Da Boxer;13386602]Im not a Pac fan and I do like Marquez quite a bit but he (Pac) was CLEARLY beating Marquez until he landed that punch. Not a lucky punch by any means but it surely was not expected. So,…

Comment by Da Boxer on 05-18-2013

Im not a Pac fan and I do like Marquez quite a bit but he (Pac) was CLEARLY beating Marquez until he landed that punch. Not a lucky punch by any means but it surely was not expected. So, he…

Comment by toolegit on 05-18-2013

4th fight was no doubt won by JMM as to what extent? He had too much power this time with the help of drug cheat Memo. It feels better to win games fair and square. JMM was freaky strong,PAC took…

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