*Here we go again folks, another big win for Timothy Bradley that’s tainted with controversy.
In what should’ve been unanimous, turned out to be a split decision in his victory over Juan Manuel Marquez last Saturday night in Las Vegas at the Thomas and Mack Center.
He’s been down this road before, if you can recall the bout that he had with Pacquiao over a year ago. Even though he was awarded a win in that one, there were some people who felt that he lost.
As they say, a win is a win no matter what you might think.
At the end of the day, he remains undefeated in 31 fights with 12 coming by way of knockout.
Folks, I got to tell you something. No matter how much Juan Manuel Marquez and his fans thinks that he got robbed, I sat at ringside and watched this one go down attentively. And of the twelve rounds that were scored, I gave at the minimum four to Marquez, and at the max five.
It’s way over due for Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley to get the accolades that he deserves. He’s fought some of the best guys out there from Devon Alexander, Kendall Holt, Lamont Peterson, Junior Witter, Nate Campbell, Miguel Vasquez, Joel Casamayor, and who can forget his most recent war with Ruslan Provodnikov whom he bested twelve rounds with in the most grueling bout that he ever had.
None of these guys are tin cans, and each one of them can crack.
And I think that it’s time now to place him right up there at the top of the pound for pound list with Floyd Mayweather, and Andre Ward.
Throughout last Saturdays’ performance he displayed the superb boxing skills that got him to the top, using lateral movement, the use of the jab, head movement, and combinations that all seemed to take Marquez out of his game.
He fought a smart fight and didn’t allow himself to get tricked into a roughhouse battle that could’ve cost him.
He says he would love to fight Floyd Mayweather, and would also entertain a possible rematch with Pacquiao. As I always say, we’ll see what happens.
On the undercard of this big event we saw Orlando Salido stop the much heralded openly gay Orlando Cruz in the seventh round with a solid right and capture the WBO featherweight title.
Salido was a bit too strong for Cruz who put up a game fight throughout the bout.
This was preceded by Vasly Lomachencko vs Jose Ramirez in a WBO international featherweight championship bout in which Lomachencko became the first fighter who in his pro debut, capture a world title. This kid can fight folks, and we’re looking forward to seeing more of him.
In other boxing news, Mike Alvarado is set to go against Ruslan Provodnikov next Saturday October 19 at the First Bank Center in Denver, Co., in a HBO Championship Boxing telecast. This one is being brought to you by Top Rank Inc.
And coming up on November 16 Goossen Tutor Promotions brings you the return of Andre “SOG” Ward as he goes against Edwin Rodriguez at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.
This one is for Ward’s WBA and Ring Magazine super middleweight titles, and will also be telecast live on HBO Championship Boxing.
Boxing is far from being dead.
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