Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. Photo by Reuters.
Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez complimented his great rival Manny Pacquiao for the Filipino’s winning performance against American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. last week in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao succeeded where Marquez failed, as the “Pacman” handily defeated Bradley to reclaim his WBO welterweight title and hand the American the first loss of his career.
“I thought Pacquiao looked good,” said Marquez in an interview with Boxing Scene. “I thought he looked fast, strong.”
“I think he was a little more cautious,” the Mexican observed, “But I thought he looked good with speed, good boxing, which he’s shown in his previous fights.”
Marquez lost to Bradley when they fought in October 2013, with the American winning a split decision.
But Marquez holds a knockout victory over Pacquiao, and if he beats Mike Alvarado in May, he becomes the No. 1 contender for the Filipino’s welterweight belt.
“I have a big fight on May 17, and I have to meet that commitment first,” Marquez said when asked about a possible fifth fight against his great rival.
“I know it’s a natural fight to do, but first, we have to walk before we start running,” he said.
Marquez has repeatedly shot down the idea of another bout with Pacquiao, as he has already accomplished what he set out to do by knocking out the “Pacman” when they fought in December 2012.