Timothy Bradley was looking like a world class boxer with a dynamic win over Juan Manuel Marquez. Sporting Life reported on Oct. 13, 2013, "Bradley edges out Marquez." Timothy Bradley has been celebrating holding onto his WBO world welterweight title with a split decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas.
This was the third narrow decision in a row for Bradley, who has now stretched his unbeaten record to 31 fights after stopping Marquez in his bid to claim a fifth world title. Bradley appeared to be the sharper and younger fighter who used his speed to get in and out without absorbing too much damage.
Marquez, at 40-years-old, faught hard to stay in the contest, but was almost floored in the 12th and final round when a left hook sent him stumbling backwards. Bradley has said, "That win was my ticket to the boxing Hall of Fame. I beat a great champion. He couldn't touch me. I gave him a boxing lesson.
ESPN reported, "Bradley defends WBO belt against Marquez." Bradley beat Marquez by a split decision to remain unbeaten and to keep his piece of the welterweight title. Marquez said, "I came to win. I felt that I did win. The judges took it away. You don't have to knock out a guy to win." Nevertheless, Bradley won 116-112 on one card and 115-113 on another, with a third judge giving Marquez a winning 115-113.