Pacquaio talks Bradley-Marquez
October, 24, 2013
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
Chris Farina/Top RankManny Pacquiao suffered defeats to both Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley Jr. in 2012.Officially, Manny Pacquiao's last two fights are losses to Timothy Bradley Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Bradley was given a split decision win -- and a welterweight title -- against Pacquiao in June 2012 in one of the most controversial decisions in boxing history. There was no debate about Marquez's win over Pacquiao in December. That came by brutal one-punch knockout at the end of the sixth round in the fourth fight of their epic series, which Pacquiao still leads 2-1-1.
Pacquiao is in the Philippines training for his return against Brandon Rios on Nov. 23 (HBO PPV, 9 p.m. ET) in Macau, China, and he weighed in Thursday on Bradley's split-decision win against Marquez to retain the title on Oct. 12 in Las Vegas.
"I did not watch the fight with Marquez and Bradley, but I was happy. I had already predicted that Bradley would win the fight, so I'm not surprised at what happened in the fight," Pacquiao said during a teleconference with boxing media.
Depending on how things go for Pacquiao against Rios, a former lightweight titlist, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao could face Bradley in a rematch or Marquez in a fifth fight next year. A Pacquiao-Marquez fifth fight would undoubtedly stoke a lot of public interest, despite Marquez's close loss to Bradley.
Bradley and Marquez were both offered a chance to fight Pacquiao in November, but declined, opting instead to fight each other for less money. Bradley didn't want to go to China and wanted to move on for the time being from the controversy over his decision against Pacquiao while Marquez wanted a chance to win a welterweight title so he could become the first Mexican fighter to win world titles in five weight divisions.