ESPN predicts Bradley-Marquez
Will Timothy Bradley Jr. finally earn the recognition he says he's owed? Or will Juan Manuel Marquez take Bradley's welterweight title to become Mexico's first five-division champ? ESPN's boxing analysts and contributors make their picks below. Who do you think will win? Go to the Fight Credential or vote on our poll page.
"Friday Night Fights"
|Bradley will use his legs to keep Marquez off balance and force the challenger to chase him, which isn't Marquez's strength. With Marquez coming off a career-crowning fight, there might be a little letdown.|
|In a true 50/50 fight between pound-for-pound elites, Bradley's speed and incomparable desire outlasts Marquez's guile by close decision in a dramatic action bout.|
ESPN.com/"Friday Night Fights"
|I don't think Bradley deserved the decision against Pacquiao or Provodnikov, so I have to go with Marquez. I don't think Tim can outbox Marquez or outslug him. Basically, it's a case of a great fighter beating a good one.|
|Hard fight to call. I can see just about every scenario. Forced to pick, I'll go with Bradley having just enough offense and smarts to eke out a close, controversial decision.|
|Feels like a style clash that could produce either a war or a dud. With what's at stake, I'm guessing war. I think Bradley manages to win more rounds, but Marquez will make him earn them.|
"Friday Night Fights"
|I expect a tactical fight early, but after Round 6, the fighters will open up and Marquez will go on to win by late stoppage in a great fight.|
|Bradley will avoid exchanges and rely on his speed. Forced to put pressure on him, Marquez will find trouble while trying to counterpunch and finding his rhythm. Bradley wins a close one.|
|Marquez can brawl and box and is an all-time great counterpuncher, and I think he will mix all those attributes together and win a decision.|
|There's every reason to suspect Bradley is the perfect opponent to make Marquez look old, but at the same time, I worry that Bradley's punch resistance is forever diminished by the Provodnikov war. In the end, I can't pick against Marquez, who is still a special fighter at age 40.|
|Marquez's power and combination punching figure to be Bradley's bane. Expect Marquez to land hard upstairs and drop the titleholder to the canvas.|
|Not sure I would have leaned toward Bradley even if he hadn't admitted the toll Provodnikov extracted from him. But that admission combined with my belief in Marquez's accuracy and counterpunching excellence seal it.|
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