By Chris Robinson
Moments after the official verdict of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight was announced, members of the media and various boxing insiders began pouring into the MGM Grand’s media center in anticipation towards the evening’s post-fight press conference.
Bradley would score a shocking upset, coming away with a split-decision verdict over Pacquiao after two 115-113 scorecards were read in his favor while the third 115-113 tally was for the sport’s only eight-division champion.
Present at the event in Las Vegas was Angel Hernandez, strength and conditioning coach to Juan Manuel Marquez. Last year Hernandez helped prepare Marquez for his battle with Pacquiao, the third in their memorable trilogy, and he would watch as Juan Manuel gave Manny all he could handle despite dropping a debated majority-decision.
Seven months after that November night and Hernandez couldn’t help but offer Pacquiao his respect.
“I got to be honest. I saw Manny, he won the fight,” Hernandez would tell me. “I really think Manny won the fight and it was unfair.”
So underwhelmed with Bradley’s performance was Hernandez, that he immediately began pondering a match between him and Marquez.
“I would like to see Marquez going against Bradley,” said Hernandez. “I don’t think Bradley would last six rounds with my guy, but once again, it’s not up to me.”
Hernandez was asked to elaborate on why Bradley would have such difficultly with Marquez.
“This fight was about speed, not about power,” said Hernandez. “I don’t know if you saw Pacquiao, he had speed with power. Bradley was moving a lot, he was throwing punches but he didn’t have no accuracy or no power. Marquez has a lot of power and a lot of accuracy. He’s real quick right now.”
Had Pacquiao defeated Bradley, a fourth fight with Marquez later this year seemed to be a real possibility. With last night’s upset and its surrounding controversy, those plans now may have been altered and Hernandez concedes that he will have to speak with Marquez to get a gauge on where his mind is at.
“I’ve got to meet Juan Manuel and I’ve got to sit down and see what’s going to happen,” stated Hernandez.
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