Juan Manuel Marquez prepared to go extra mile against Timothy Bradley

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Juan Manuel Marquez says he's ready for war against the younger Timothy Bradley in October, and that the result of the fight will determine whether he fights on in his forties.

Juan Manuel Marquez knows he's getting older, and knows that his October 12 fight against Timothy Bradley presents a very tough style matchup against a younger, unbeaten* fighter with two world titles to his credit.

But though Marquez will be 40 by the time their HBO pay-per-view main event rolls around, he says he's prepared to go the extra mile to win a belt in a fourth weight class:

"He is complicated but I'll try to make it easy. I'm going to leave every last drop of my sweat and blood if I have to, to win this war. It will be a tough fight. I know that Bradley is a fighter with speed and then I'll realize how I feel physically to confront someone 10 years younger than me. He a fighter who moves a lot but I will try to secure the win any way possible and then analyze if I'm going to continue or not."

Though Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO) looked sensational against Manny Pacquiao in a KO-6 win last December, and Bradley has been iffy against Pacquiao (an undeserved decision win) and Ruslan Provodnikov (an absolute war that no one expected), styles, as we know, make fights. Not only did Marquez have nearly intimate familiarity with Pacquiao from three previous fights, but he's always been a thorn in Manny's side. We can't be so sure about Bradley (30-0, 12 KO), a talented and tough fighter who's in his prime years and fights nothing like Pacquiao.

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