By Ryan Burton
Mexican icon Juan Manuel Marquez recently spoke to BoxingScene.com and other members of the press in Las Vegas on a variety of topics. Marquez last fought in December when he emphatically stopped former eight division champion Manny Pacquiao with a highlight reel knockout in the sixth round. The Filipino congressman was knocked out cold and had to be revived with smelling salts. One would think that Marquez would have seen the replay several times but the Mexican said that he isn't a fan of reviewing his past fights.
Next up for Marquez is WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley who won a controversial split decision over Manny Pacquiao last June. Marquez said that he knows Bradley is a completely different fighter than Pacquiao and will require an equally tough training camp as Bradley is 10 years younger than Marquez.
"I have seen it maybe four times because I don't really like to watch the videos of my previous fights. Obviously I am very happy with the knockout," Marquez stated. "I need to train very hard for the Tim Bradley fight. He is a different fighter than Manny. He has a lot of speed and I need to be ready for that."
If Floyd Mayweather decides not to fight on September 14th we will potentially see another head to head showdown in Las Vegas as was the case last year when Sergio Martinez defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on HBO pay-per-view while Canelo Alvarez knocked out Josesito Lopez on Showtime. Top Rank and HBO will back the Marquez-Bradley promotion while Golden Boy will either go with Floyd Mayweather Jr. or a card featuring Alvarez against an opponent to be determined, who may likely be former three division champion Miguel Cotto.
The 39-year-old Marquez told BoxingScene.com that he isn't a fan of staging competing fights and that he feels bad for the fans but that the decision is ultimately made by the promoters and he will fight whenever he is told to step in the ring.
"I don't know (if they will do it) but I know they did that last year when 'Maravilla' Martinez fought Chavez and they had competition with another card from another promoter. We will see what happens. If my promoter says that we fight on that date then we will do it. Yes (it is bad for the fans) because it divides the fans (on what they can see) but that is a question for the promoters because they are the ones who make those decisions," said Marquez.
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