Juan Manuel Marquez vs Timothy Bradley: Marquez says fight is done for September 14

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Juan Manuel Marquez says he's got a fight with Timothy Bradley set for September 14, but no official announcement has been made.

It's anything but official, but Juan Manuel Marquez told ESPN Deportes radio today that he will be facing Timothy Bradley on September 14.

From Salvador Rodriguez at BoxingScene.com:

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?

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