It's anything but official, but Juan Manuel Marquez told ESPN Deportes radio today that he will be facing Timothy Bradley on September 14.
Marquez says he was given two return options - Bradley or WBO interim-junior welterweight champion Mike Alvarado. He selected Bradley.
"They discussed two opponents for September 14: Mike Alvarado and Timothy Bradley. I like challenges, Bradley would be a difficult fight for me. Apart from being world champion it would be a challenge to fight him and win another big challenge title in a fifth division, which for me is something that fills me with pride to have the opportunity to try," he said.
If it does happen, Marquez-Bradley might actually make the most money in Mexico City, because Marquez without Pacquiao or Mayweather hasn't really been a Vegas draw, and Bradley certainly isn't, with all due respect to Tim Bradley.
It's a good fight for sure, and Marquez's explanation of choosing this fight is the same thing he's said for a couple months now: He doesn't want to fight Manny Pacquiao, and he wants a title at welterweight. Bradley has one. Pacquiao and Alvarado, who may meet in October, do not.
Thumbs up or thumbs down for Marquez-Bradley? Would you still rather see Pacquiao-Marquez V?