By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr., and four-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez formally announced their October 12 world championship event today with a Los Angeles news conference at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
Timothy Bradley: This is an opportunity for me that I had in the Pacquiao fight that slipped away due to the controversy to become a superstar in boxing and a force too be reckoned with, to be recognized and have a position in boxing. And that didn’t happen. But in this fight it’s gonna happen. It has to happen. Because I wanna be a superstar in boxing. I wanna be a household name. I’m a four-time world champion and I still don’t have a position in boxing yet. I should be on everyone’s pound-for-pound list, but after this fight, October 12, I will be on everybody’s pound-for-pound list without a doubt.
Juan Manuel Marquez: If I want to be the best, I need to beat the best and the best is the champion. Bradley is the champion and I’m ready for that fight. Everyone know what happened in November 2011 (Bradley’s controversial win over Manny Pacquiao). This belt should be mine. On October 12 I’ll be back for the belt!
Bob Arum: Some writers asked me ‘Do you think this event will be overshadowed by the event in September, Mayweather-Canelo, and the event in November, Pacquiao-Rios?’ And I said, ‘No I don’t think so because I think this fight is the best of the three of them. This is the most competitive fight and I think the fans will realize it.’ It’s my hope that the fans buy all three fights because all three fights are very interesting and deserve the support of the fans. But I don’t believe this fight will be overshadowed by anyone.
The Bradley-Marquez press tour will conclude tomorrow with a news conference in Mexico City.