WBO welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley said in an interview with ESPN that he ranks himself between WBC counterpart Floyd Mayweather Jr. and four-division titleholder Juan Manuel Marquez, and ahead of eight-division beltwinner Manny Pacquiao.
In his last fight, Bradley (30-0, 12 knockouts) survived a number of harrowing moments — including a 12th-round knockdown — to narrowly outpoint Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KOs) in defense of the title he won by a disputed split-decision over Pacquiao in June.
Pacquiao was knocked out in the sixth-round by Marquez in December. Marquez lost a one sided decision to Mayweather in September of 2009.
“The best boxer at 147 pounds. Top three. You’ve gotta go with No. 1, Mayweather. Mayweather, No. 1. No. 2 is me,” said Bradley. “And No. 3 is Marquez. Marquez is next. Manny’s gone. Marquez knocked him out, so he’s out of the equation now.”
Marquez reportedly said he will fight Bradley on Sept. 14 but Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who would be the promoter of the fight, has declined comment.
Although neither Koncz nor Bradley’s manager, Cameron Dunkin, could be reached for comment, Bradley expressed during an interview last week with RingTV.com the desire to face either Marquez or Pacquiao.
Bradley indicated during the video interview that he would prefer a bout with Marquez, while Bradley’s trainer, Joel Diaz, preferred a rematch with Pacquiao.
Bradley attended the post-Pacquiao-fight press conference in a wheelchair as a result of foot injuries suffered early in their bout.
“I would like to come back and make it more decisive so that we leave no doubts on the people for the controversy,” said Diaz. “If we would have been at 100 percent that night, the fight would have been more decisive.”
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