MANILA, Philippines – Hall of Fame boxing trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain of Mexico has no intention of letting his top fighter, Juan Manuel Marquez, fight unbeaten American champion Timothy Bradley Jr.
“I have never liked Bradley (as a possible opponent), and I don’t know if I can be leveraged in any way to convince my top fighter to face him,” Beristain told Miguel Rivera of Boxing Scene.
A bout between Marquez and Bradley makes sense on paper as they are the last two men to defeat Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, although they did it in contrasting fashions.
Bradley took a highly controversial split decision against Pacquiao in June 2012, but Marquez registered a far clearer victory when he knocked out Pacquiao in the sixth round of their fourth clash last December.
But Beristain insists that he does not want to see Marquez fight Bradley as he believes a fight between the two will not be exciting.
“We would search for an opponent who would (be exciting) and give the people of Mexico everything they deserve,” Beristain said. “A fight with Timothy Bradley would be a stinking fight.”
“I would like to see my top pugilist in that type of fight, and present something like that to the people who have supported Juan Manuel since he was a six-round fighter,” he added.
Marquez has been coy about his next career move after his sensational victory over Pacquiao, only saying that he plans to talk to his family about what his next step will be.
If the Mexican legend decides to continue fighting, he and Pacquiao may fight for a fifth time later this year.