MARQUEZ PICKS PACQUIAO TO WIN OVER BRADLEY

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MEXICAN Juan Manuel Marquez has favored long time Filipino archrival Manny Pacquiao to win over American World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Timothy Bradley in the rematch set on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Marquez believes that Bradley (31-0 win-loss card with 12 knockouts) should adjust his strategy since he was totally beaten in that fight. Marquez knocked out Pacquiao in 2012 but lost to Bradley in 2013 via split decision

“First I want to say that it is an important, interesting fight, because of what happened in the first,” Marquez told boxingscene.com writer Salvador Rodriguez in an interview Saturday.

The 40-year-old former four division world champion Marquez also explained that Pacquiao (55-5-2 slate with 38 knockouts) could get revenge over Bradley because the Filipino fighter is fast, wise, hard puncher and stronger than the American fighter.

Despite being out-punched by Pacquiao in June 2012, Bradley escaped with a controversial split decision win.

“In that fight, the decision was different from what happened in the ring, and I think Bradley should change his strategy because it did not work. Pacquiao could fight the same, but it is Bradley who needs to make adjustments. If judges do what needs to be done, Pacquiao should win. If Bradley makes the adjustments, it’s going to be a very good fight,” said Marquez.

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