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Timothy Bradley: 'I gave Juan Manuel Marquez a boxing lesson'

Timothy Bradley believes last night's win over Juan Manuel Marquez was "the crowning point" of his career to date, praising Marquez as a great champion.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Timothy Bradley has no plans to be "shy" or "humble" about last night's win over Juan Manuel Marquez, as the 30-year-old WBO welterweight titlist says the win was the highest achievement of his career to date, and that he schooled the legend.

"That was my ticket to the boxing Hall of Fame. It's the crowning point of my career so far. (Marquez) is a great fighter. I beat a great champion. He never touched me. I gave him a boxing lesson. I'll fight anyone, including a bull."

Bradley (31-0, 12 KO) compared Marquez and Manny Pacquiao, but said he didn't feel he could make a good judgment on who the better fighter is:

"Well, they're both big punchers," Bradley revealed. "Marquez dazed me a couple times in the fight. They're both big punchers. One is coming from the left position. One is coming from the right position. I can't really judge who's better or not.

"Because, in the Pacquiao fight, my feet were hurt," Bradley continued. "I couldn't really move like I wanted to in that fight. That being said, both are great champions, both are great warriors, and they're legends in the sport. Living legends."

Bradley also doesn't feel that Marquez's age had anything to do with the result last night:

"No, not really," said Bradley. "He's one of the best in the world. I didn't feel like age was a factor in there. He still competed, he still came back, still tried to win. I just felt that honestly, my speed, my footwork was the key."

Bradley won the fight on scores of 115-113, 116-112, and 113-115, for the split decision victory.

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