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Bradley-Marquez LA round table

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (30-0, 12KOs) of Palm Springs, California and Mexican boxing legend Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (55-6-1, 40KOs) are five days away from their showdown taking place this Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay Per View. Bradley and Marquez kicked off fight week as they met with media on Monday morning at the Biltmore Millennium Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Fightnews.com caught up with the four-division world champion Marquez as he talked about his preparation for Bradley.

“It was a great strong preparation as we gear up for this Saturday, everything was different this training camp. We emphasized more on speed than power, which will be important for this fight,” Marquez said about his camp. “Bradley has a very difficult style with aggression that changes through the course of the fight. A tough style, but we have prepared ourselves for Bradley’s style which is speed and aggression.”

The champion and pride of Palm Springs also spoke to Fightnews.com as he talked about his camp and Mexican counterpart.

“Everything is fantastic. I worked hard. I wish you guys could come train with me. I did a ten week training camp, it’s been great with a lot of hard work,” Bradley said.

“The key to this fight is my speed will be the factor in this fight. The fact that I have hand speed, foot speed and I am very elusive, those three things will be the key to the fight. He knows my team and I know his team very well. They know that I have a lot more in my game. I will be at my best in this fight, so if he expects for me to be toe-to-toe in with him they are stupid.”

For this fight, both fighters agreed to participate in anti-doping testing with random drug tests for banned substances administered during training camp. Marquez has been suspected of possibly “juicing” as he has gained some size since hiring Angel “Memo” Heredia, a former BALCO employee as strength and conditioning coach. Bradley called for VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) or USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) to administer the testing. However promoter Bob Arum opted to go with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which hired WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) to administer the testing after Bradley threatened to withdraw.

“I believe he asked for an anti-doping test which isn’t a rule or not even in the contract but we went on with it to show everyone that I myself and Bradley are clean fighters. I have been clean in all of my 20 years of boxing,” Marquez stated.

“I didn’t get my wishes but there is some drug testing going on I can’t complain about it. It is what it is, but I didn’t get my wishes granted to me,” Bradley commented on the testing.

Bradley vs. Marquez will be scheduled for twelve rounds for Bradley’s WBO welterweight title. The two fighters and their teams will now head out to Sin City as they will make their grand arrivals Tuesday afternoon as Bradley arrives 12:30pm and Marquez will be arriving at 1pm to the Wynn Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

“Expect the best from me in the ring, I always bring a great fight. I trained hard for this fight so I can win that fifth title in five different weight classes. I am ready to give the fans a great fight which is most important,” Marquez commented.

“He is a warrior, very intelligent, a great counterpuncher with the heart of a lion, he is game, he works hard, he is one tough fucking cookie, he is no slouch, he knows how to fight. I can’t wait until he lands that big shot on me and I don’t go anywhere. He knows he is in trouble,” Bradley concluded.

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