Ali versus Foreman. Leonard versus Hearns. Tyson versus Holyfield.
Salido was just too strong and too rugged for Cruz, the first openly gay male professional boxer. Cruz managed to box in the early rounds but simply didn't have the power to keep "Siri" off him. The Mexican mixed in some headbutts and low blows with his punches, but in the end it was the punches that did Cruz in.
Timothy Bradley looks in a strong position to jump the queue ahead of Amir Khan for a bout with Floyd Mayweather after winning a split-points decision over Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas in the early hours of yesterday. Khan is believed to be in pole position for the May 3 date with Mayweather in Las Vegas. The case for Bradley as a more-deserving challenger for Mayweather than Khan is strong, however.
Eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao L of the Philippines and Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez R pose for the media for the start of a series of a four-city international media tour of their November 12 bout. The four-division world champion Marquez, who had four epic fights with Pacquiao, believes his Filipino rival made a costly mistake in making derogatory remarks against gays during a recent interview. Marquez feels Pacquiao has to pay for the consequences of his actions. He lost his Nike sponsorship and the people behind him told him he was wrong.
Timothy Bradley Jr. It was a third narrow decision in a row for Bradley, who stretches his unbeaten record to 31 fights after thwarting Marquez in his bid to claim a fifth world title. After a fast start in the opening round, the fight developed into a tactical battle, with Bradley looking the sharper, the younger fighter and using his speed to get in and out without absorbing too much damage.
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Marquez, 40, is also bidding to become the first Mexican to win world titles in five weight classes. On the undercard, Orlando Cruz will attempt to become the first openly gay boxer to win a world title. Bradley, 30, beat Pacquiao on a controversial split decision in June before Marquez knocked out his arch rival in December.
Once again, he heard the boos. So, too, was the result. Bradley did just enough to win once again, beating Marquez by split decision to remain unbeaten and keep his piece of the welterweight title.
Bradley was probably a deserving, if unspectacular victor. Marquez feels he has been robbed again and a split decision would tend to support that view, but he certainly didn't get the better of the American. Marquez backstage says: "We came to get a job done and get a win.