Bradley camp denies reaching deal with Marquez
MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao may still get a title fight against WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley as the latter’s camp denied reaching a deal with Juan Manuel Marquez.
|Timothy Bradley poses next to a poster with the face of Manny Pacquiao before he works out at Fortune Gym in Los Angeles May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Bradley’s manager Cameron Dunkin denied Marquez’s announcement that the American boxer will defend his title against the Mexican on September 14.
“We don’t know anything about it, I don’t know anything about it,” was Dunkin’s comment to The Desert Sun regarding the purported deal with Marquez.
Dunkin added that even the Bradleys are clueless about Marquez’s statement which came out on The Record.
“I know Monica (Bradley’s wife) and Tim don’t know anything about it,” he said.
Marquez earlier said he has decided to challenge Bradley for the WBO title, which he claimed to have already won when he fought Pacquiao in 2011.
"It will be a joy for me that day to fight for the welterweight championship, a title which belongs to me since 2011 but was denied in the third fight against Manny Pacquiao,” said Marquez. “Why not get what's mine?"
Marquez said Bradley is his “best option” since he is campaigning to become a five-division world champion.
Dunkin earlier said that he prefers Bradley to choose Pacquiao over Marquez.
He said Bradley still wants recognition for his controversial decision win over Pacquiao last June.
"I prefer Bradley versus Pacquiao over Marquez. I think he could settle a lot of things inside him,” Dunkin said.
Bradley drew flak from the boxing community after he walked away with the WBO belt despite Pacquiao’s dominant performance.