Age will catch up with Marquez, says Bradley
MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten American boxer Timothy Bradley is confident that he can defeat Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez, especially if their welterweight match on October 12 goes the distance.
Bradley is aiming to defend his WBO welterweight championship against Marquez, who for his part is looking to win a title in a fifth weight division.
In a Boxing Scene interview, Bradley said a prolonged battle will work in his favor, as he expects the 40-year-old Marquez to tire out. [http://www.boxingscene.com/bradley-marquezs-age-get-him-down-stretch--70196]
“Marquez is a smart fighter, a good counter-puncher, one of the best counter-punchers in the game,” he said. “But the longer it goes, the better it is for me. He’s 40-years-old, his legs will run out.”
“Of course, if the fight goes on longer, I will have more energy, especially in rounds six, seven or eight,” Bradley added. “I’m the younger fighter.”
The 30-year-old Bradley then reiterated what he has already told Marquez.
“I keep telling everybody, and I told him – if he doesn’t knock me out, I’m going to win the fight,” he said.
Bradley won the WBO welterweight belt after stunning Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao when they fought in June 2012, as he won via an unpopular split decision. He successfully defended it for the first time last March when he survived Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov in a 12-round war.