Originally posted by TonyStarks:
heavy lies the crown
Whomever won last nights fight would have to fight either Pac, Floyd, Canelo Garce' or the top badasses of the division.
Maybe Marquez took the L for whatever reason. If Pac and that russian dude destroyed Bradley, Marquez could've easily beaten him.
For whatever reason, Marquez looked sluggish and just tired. Maybe time finally got him.
Not necessarily, Marquez always has had issues with counterpunchers, i.e. PBF. I thought Marquez did well, but Bradley showed he is a good fighter. Now, I still think he'd lose to Pacman, but after the debacle of the split decision vs Pacman, he beat the Russian (can't spell his name, lol) and did deserve the win vs Marquez.
If Bradley beats Pacman in a rematch (assuming Pacman beats Rios, if not then I don't think Bradley has to fight Pacman), I'd LOVE to see him fight Alvarado (whom I think beats the Russian this weekend) and open the opportunity to face PBF next September/October. Now, Bradley clearly isn't "Top 3 in the world"
, but he is definitely in the upper echelon of fighters at this time.
Just for fun, here's a list of my top choice to fight Bradley:
1a. Manny Pacquiao
1b. Mike Alvarado
All depends if Pacman wins. If he does win, then Pacman shakes the "shot fighter" cloud over his head after the Marquez KO loss and puts up a great PPV that places a more established Bradley to redeem the controversial "win" as a resound victory.
If Pacman loses, Bradley has no need to fight Pacman and should take the fight versus Alvarado, who provides a great opponent with an established name and hard hitting reputation. Though, the allure of an Alvarado/Rios 3 if both Rios and Alvarado both win their fights would be too hard to pass up money wise.
2. Ruslan Provodnikov rematch
Okay, figured out how to spell his name. It was a killer fight before (nominated for Fight of the Year), and if he beats Alvarado this weekend, you would have a great build up for a rematch. Loses any luster if he loses to Alvarado (which I predict will happen).
3. Danny Garcia
Great styles and would be great boxing. Only happens if Bradley leaves TR, but wouldn't put it past Bradley.
Too much money for Bradley to pass up, but wouldn't happen until next September at earliest, since Khan apparently is the next victim, err I mean opponent for PBF. Might not be the most exciting fight, but would have a chance against PBF (yes, I say he would. Everyone thinks PBF could only lose to a brawler, but as everyone has seen, PBF outclasses brawlers after 2 rounds. It would be interesting if PBF, at his age, try to keep up with another tactician who is younger and disciplined in defense. Don't think Bradley would win, but he is in the discussion of Top 5 fighters with the best chance).
5. Brandon Rios
Only list this fight b/c of the TR affiliation. Don't like the fight b/c I think Bradley would just jab and run away for 12 rounds while Rios would just walk around the ring trying to get up close. Would be one of the most boring fights ever...