By Miguel Rivera
Trainer Nacho Beristain has no desire to see his fighter, four division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40KOs), face WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (29-0, 12KOs). Last June, Bradley captured the title with a controversial twelve round split decision victory over Manny Pacquiao. A few months later, on December 8th, Marquez knocked out Pacquiao in the sixth round.
If Marquez decides to continue his career in 2013, the probable scenario is a fifth fight with Pacquiao in September. Another possible scenario, that Marquez has personally discussed in recent interviews, is the pursuit of a fifth divisional crown.
If Marquez wants a fifth world title, then a fight with Bradley, the other boxer to beat Pacquiao, would seem like a natural match to make. In past interviews, Nacho has rejected the possibility of Marquez facing Bradley. The trainer's position is still the same. He doesn't like Bradley's fighter style. Nacho is confident their styles would make for a very ugly fight.
"I have never liked Bradley [as a possible opponent] and I don't know if I can be leveraged in any way to convince my top fighter [to face him]. We would search for an opponent who would [be exciting], and give the people of Mexico everything that they deserve. A fight with Timothy Bradley would be a stinking fight and I wouldn't like to see my top pugilist in that type of fight, and present something like that to the people who have supported Juan Manuel since he was a six round fighter," Nacho said.