Timothy Bradley should probably send Juan Manuel Marquez a box of chocolates or something. In one hilariously stupid move, Marquez basically guaranteed that, if Manny Pacquiao opts to fight anyone this November, it will almost certainly be Bradley.
Coming out of this past June’s shocker, Top Rank head honcho Bob Arum displayed an obvious apprehensiveness regarding putting together a rematch. He didn’t like that his top fighter got robbed by two incompetent judges. He didn’t like the paltry pay day that Bradley generated. And, most importantly, he didn’t like the prospect of continuing to shine a light on how unprepared Bradley (also a Top Rank fighter) was to compete at this level.
Because of all that, Arum insisted that he would allow Pacquiao to choose from any one of three opponents for his next fight: Bradley, Marquez or Miguel Cotto. Now, for all intents and purposes, Cotto was just a space filler. The choice, really, was between Bradley and Marquez. Bradley would unquestionably be easier to beat, but Marquez would generate more pay-per-view buys.
That was the dilemma.
All signs pointed to Pacquiao leaning towards Bradley, but there was still a small opening for Marquez to get through if everything broke his way. Was is the operative word there. After his latest stunt, Marquez probably won’t even be able to get calls returned from Top Rank anymore.
What did he do, you ask? Well, via Boxing Scene:
Four division world champion Juan Manuel Márquez has written a book about his trilogy with Filipino rival Manny Pacquiao. The book, called "Yes, I beat you Pacquiao," will be presented this Sunday at the international book fair at the Politecnico. Marquez notes that his book is more than just Pacquiao. He details portions of his career and the qualities that made him one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing.
Look, there is no denying that Marquez is a fantastic fighter, and there is no denying that he gives Pacquiao serious fits. You could very easily make a legitimate case for him having won their last bout. But none of that changes how dumb this is. If you’re angling for one last shot at Pacquiao, why antagonize him? Why not delay this book for a few weeks until he makes his decision on who to fight, and, if it’s not you, then release the book?
This is beyond stupid.
For anyone who still had a glimmer of hope that Pacquiao might pass on Bradley in favor of a fourth match-up versus Marquez – not happening.