Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) will reportedly face WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (30-0, 12 KOs) on Sept. 14 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, according to Salvador Rodriquez of ESPN Deportes.
El 'Dinamita' Márquez confirma su regreso al boxeo y dice que Tim Bradley representa un gran reto en su carrera espndeportes.espn.go.com/espndeportesra…— Golpe a Golpe ESPN (@GolpeaGolpeESPN) April 18, 2013
The tweet translates as: “'Dinamita' Marquez confirmed his return to boxing and says that Tim Bradley is a great challenge in his career.'”
The Spanish-language ESPN channel mentioned that by choosing to face Tim Bradley, Marquez is opting to try to make history as the first Mexican to win five titles in five different weight classes.
Although JMM's trainer, Nacho Beristain, has previously said that it would be hard to convince him to have his top fighter face Bradley (per BoxingScene.com), things have obviously changed. This may be due to the fact that Bradley turned in a great, all-action performance versus Ruslan Provodnikov in his last title defense on March 16.
ESPN's UK affiliate stated that Bradley's camp—including manager Cameron Dunkin—was more interested in a rematch with Manny Pacquiao in order to settle any doubts lingering over their first fight.
Juan Manuel Marquez will be stepping into the ring for the first time since knocking out Manny Pacquiao in December 2012.
Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for more coverage of Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Timothy Bradley.