40-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) liked what he saw of his old nemesis Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) with his 12 round unanimous decision win over former WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KO’s) last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The win for the 35-year-old Pacquiao was his first big victory since his controversial 12 round majority decision victory over Marquez three years ago in 2011, but Pacquiao fought much better against Bradley than he did against Marquez in that fight.
Pacquiao beat Bradley by the scores 116-112, 118-110, and 116-112. The win for Pacquiao avenged a loss from 2012 against Bradley, and it helped close the chapter in that rivalry, although don’t be surprised if their mutual promoter Bob Arum winds up matching them back up against each other next year in a rubber match.
“I thought Pacquiao was good, I thought he was fast, strong, and a little more cautious, but I thought he was good,” Marquez said to ESPN Deportes. “He showed speed with his boxing, which had showed in his previous fights.”
Marquez is undecided if he wants to fight Pacquiao again or not, as he’s already fought him four times previously. Arum wants to match Pacquiao and Marquez back up against each other later this year in September, if Marquez beats Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KO’s) in their fight next month on May 17th at the Forum in Inglewood, California. If Marquez wins that fight then he’ll be expected to face Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight title, which Pacquiao won off of Bradley last Saturday night.
Marquez had said that he wanted to fight for the WBO title so that he could try and win his 5th division world title. However, now that Pacquiao has beaten Bradley, Marquez is undecided about whether he’ll agree to fight Pacquiao.
“I do not know yet [whether he’ll fight Pacquiao later this year]. I have a big fight on May 17th, and first I need to meet that commitment,” Marquez said.