Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas - Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) used his experience to maneuver his shots in the opening round. A swift right hand connection by Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) was the highlight of round two. Marquez countered Bradley’s incoming shots in the third with right a cross of his own. Bradley’s activity in round four helped him secure the round.
Both fighters traded blows in rounds four and five but it was Bradley with the advantage of speed and precise. Marquez evened out the score with rights and uppercuts in round six. The pressure and connections of Marquez made Bradley distant himself from the action in the seventh. In round eight the Mexico icon mixed it up with shots upstairs and then going to the body.
Round nine was all Marquez landing his jab, bodyshots and potent right hands. A right hook by Bradley stunned Marquez momentarily in round ten. Bradley seemed to be slowing down allowing Marquez to catch him with rights and body punches. Marquez secured the final round pressing the action taking it to Bradley. At the near end of the fight Marquez appeared to slip before Bradley landing a punch but the judges could have seeing it different.
In the end Bradley did enough in two of the judges eyes to win a split decision. The scores were 115-113 Marquez, 115-113 Bradley and 116-112 for Bradley. Bradley successfully defended his WBO welterweight title for the second time.