MANILA, Philippines – Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez does not think unbeaten American Timothy Bradley has what it takes to beat Filipino boxing icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, citing Bradley’s lack of power.
"Even though Bradley is a great boxer, and he has skills, he needs the power," Marquez said in an interview with RingTV.
"He doesn't have that power."
Bradley is undefeated through 28 fights, but he has only won 12 bouts via knockout. Pacquiao, meanwhile, has 54 career victories, 38 of them via knockout.
Marquez fought Pacquiao three times, most recently losing a controversial majority draw last November. In their three bouts, Pacquiao knocked Marquez down three times.
"Pacquiao has the speed and Pacquiao has the power. The difference in this fight is power," Marquez said. "The difference will be the power punches that Pacquiao has."
Marquez was being considered for a fourth bout with Pacquiao, but the Filipino boxer chose to fight Bradley after potential deals with Floyd Mayweather Jr and Miguel Cotto fell through.
Bradley currently holds a title belt at the junior welterweight division and will have to move up to welterweight when he faces Pacquiao on June 9 at the MGM Grand.
Marquez said he would like to fight whoever wins the Pacquiao-Bradley showdown.
"I really do not know what will happen with the Pacquiao-Bradley fight. That's a tough fight for the two fighters... but I would like to fight the winner of that fight, yes," he said.
Marquez is now looking for an opponent after his potential bout against Lamont Peterson fell through. Peterson chose to battle British boxer Amir Khan in a rematch instead of the Mexican fighter.
He told RingTV that he hopes to fight David Diaz in Mexico City in April.