With today's "hard rumor" that Timothy Bradley will be facing Juan Manuel Marquez on September 14, Bradley's trainer Joel Diaz has quickly responded to the talk, and says his fighter can win the bout, but doesn't downplay the challenge at hand:
"That is going to be a very tough fight as you saw from Marquez's fight. For us it is going to have to be a technical fight. It is a very difficult fight but not impossible," Diaz told BoxingScene.com.
Bradley (30-0, 12 KO) is coming off of a narrow win over Ruslan Provodnikov on March 16, a Fight of the Year contender that saw the WBO welterweight titlist successfully defend, but also take by far the worst beating of his career from the strong and determined Russian.
Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO) has not fought since December, when he scored a stunning KO win over Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao went 0-2 in 2012, also losing to Bradley, though to say the very least, that "win" was far less definitive than what Marquez did.
Bradley, who will turn 30 in August, is 10 years younger than Marquez, who turns 40 six days before Bradley's birthday. There's no doubt that youth is on his side, and for both of these guys, their Pacquiao performances don't tell us a whole lot about what they might do with one another. Both are righties, whereas Pacquiao is a southpaw, and neither of them fight like Manny.
Marquez is a natural, accurate, and highly-skilled counter puncher. Bradley does not have the power that Marquez packs, but he's a frustrating guy and very technically sound. Outside of the Provodnikov fight, where he fought kind of crazy, perhaps in a bid to win over fans who had been trashing him for nine months, Bradley hasn't made a ton of mistakes in the ring.
Both of them can take a good shot, and are very resilient fighters. We've seen both floored, and hard, and both hurt, but neither has ever been stopped. They are gritty, tough guys. I have absolutely nothing against a fifth Pacquiao-Marquez fight, but this is fresh and looks very interesting to me, if it indeed happens.