SAN DIEGO, October 12, 2013 – The two boxers to beat ten time champion Manny Pacquiao, Timothy Bradley Junior and Juan Manual Marquez, face off in a pay-per-view boxing event Saturday in Las Vegas at the Thomas and Mack Center on HBO, 9 p.m. ET.
Communnities will host a live chat starting with the televised undercards at 9 p.m. ET.
The full TV lineup for this card:
Welterweights: Timothy Bradley Jr. (30-0, 12 KOs) vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs), 12 rounds, for Bradley’s title
Featherweights: Orlando Salido (39-12-2, 27 KOs) vs. Orlando Cruz (20-2-1, 10 KOs), 12 rounds, for a vacant title
Featherweights: Vasyl Lomachenko (0-0, 0 KOs) vs. Jose Luis Ramirez (24-2-2, 15 KOs), 10 rounds
Light heavyweights: Seanie Monaghan (18-0, 11 KOs) vs. Anthony Caputo-Smith (14-1, 10 KOs), 10 round
All fighters made weight on Friday afternoon in front of a packed house at the Wynn Las Vegas. Bradley weighed in at 146 pounds; Marquez weighed in at 144.5 pounds.
Fans crave the action packed fights both Bradley and Marquez delievered in their last respective matchups. Will Bradley come right at Marquez the way he did in his last fight with Ruslan Provodnikov, a fight in which he suffered head injuries? He needs to box and move as he did with Manny Pacquiao, and wear Marquez down slowly but surely.
Bradley doesn’t possess the kind of punching power to take Marquez out with one shot. Marquez does. He is among the great counter-punchers of this century and an aggressive finisher when an opponent is in trouble. Bradley cannot allow Marquez an opening to land a counterpunch with the force of the Pacquiao knockout.
In addition to the main event, the undercard bout between featherweights Orlando Salido and Orlando Cruz has drawn major interest. Cruz is the first openly gay professional boxer to fight for a title and would be the first to win. The 32-year-old Puerto Rican will not shy away from what he represents. He will be wearing a custom set of trunks into the ring displaying the rainbow colors of LGBT pride.
Ringside Seat columnist Gayle Falkenthal invites you to follow all the action and add your comments during our Live Chat starting at 9 p.m. ET. We provide real time commentary and photos as they are made available. If you aren’t coughing up the pay per view fees, Communities Live Chat is the next best thing to having your own ringside seat.
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