Marquez vs. Bradley: Could They Meet in the Ring If Neither Fight Pacquiao?

Henry MartinSenior Analyst IDecember 30, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 12:  Juan Manuel Marquez (L) hits Manny Pacquiao in the 11th round of their WBO world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao retained his title with a majority decision victory.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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What would you say if Juan Manuel Marquez didn't get back in the ring with Pacquiao this year and instead decided to go for his fourth title in a different weight division? That he would be willing to fight against the top fighter at 140 to solidify his place in boxing history and join Erik Morales and Jorge Arce as the third Mexican fighter to be a four-division champion?

That would be an awesome thought, wouldn't it?

Now, what would you say if I told you that there is a possibility that these two men can meet in the ring? That would be crazy, wouldn't it?

Well, both men wouldn't mind fighting each other in the near future.

Recently, Marquez was interviewed (video interview in Spanish here) about who he'd like to face at junior welterweight since he has made notions that he'd be open to fighting at that weight class. 

In the video interview, Marquez responded by saying he'd like to face the best at that weight, and the best person at that weight who is also regarded as a top 10 pound-for-pound fighter is Timothy Bradley.

I think that this is pretty good and something boxing fans can really look forward too. Erik Morales is also residing in the junior welterweight division and a fight with him in Mexico would be monumental in both the viewership and money earned. The fact that he would go for a younger and better opponent in Timothy Bradley really says something about Marquez as a fighter and his love for the sport.

Upon hearing this, Bradley has responded by saying he'd welcome a fight with Marquez if he doesn't get selected to be Pacquiao's opponent for the spring.

This is excellent news for boxing fans and I don't see why Arum wouldn't try to put this together.

Allow me to explain my reasoning for this. 

Pacquiao vs.Marquez III didn't end the way many people were hoping it would and left the fans with a dissatisfying taste in their mouth. Arum tried to see how well the idea of a fourth match between the two men would do, but the fan reaction was negative from what I've seen to have an immediate rematch. I don't think they'd have a fight between the two right away as I think Pacquiao needs a fight to make him look impressive again.

Bradley is a young, undefeated champion who is recognized by boxing media everywhere as the top boxer at 140 and a top 10 P4P, but he's highly underrated by boxing fans all around. While he was able to get good exposure against Casamayor on the Pacquiao vs. Marquez III undercard, a fight with Marquez would do so much more for his career.

If Marquez were to win this fight, he wins another title in another weight division and a fourth fight with Pacquiao couldn't be too far off. Pacquiao already has to fight off the notion of avoiding Mayweather from fans, does he really need fans to prattle about Marquez, too?

If Bradley were to win this fight, he'd get a win over a living legend who has proven he still has a lot of bite in him. He'd also get more fan exposure and maybe a better shot to fight Pacquiao. 

So I'm eagerly awaiting for an announcement of who Pacquiao's next opponent can be. Not because I'm interested in who he's fighting, but because it'll affect the possibility of this fight materializing between these two talented men.