Saturday night (Oct. 12, 2013) at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Timothy Bradley successfully defended his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Welterweight title against Juan Manuel Marquez on HBO pay-per-view. The bout went all twelve rounds with the judges awarding Bradley a split decision.
The bout was held in front of a pro-Marquez crowd who were behind the Mexican pugilist the entire way. Every time Marquez connected with a punch, they roared with approval. Unfortunately, those punches weren't coming often enough as Bradley was the quicker and more technical boxer.
Bradley was able to outland Marquez by being the faster. He'd double or triple up on his jabs and would throw multiple punches to the body. That bodywork would ultimately win him the fight as Marquez' punches started to lose power in the later rounds.
The victory cements Bradley as one of the top technical boxers in the world. He was able to demonstrate that he can be both a counter fighter and the aggressor when needed. For Marquez, a victory would have defined his legacy as the only Mexican boxer to capture a belt in five different weight classes.
Check out MMA Mania's blow-by-blow account of the fight here.