Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley has moved higher up the short list to face Floyd “Money” Mayweather next year after another controversial points decision.
Bradley took a majority decision against veteran Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas on Saturday, his third consecutive tight victory.
The American retained his WBO welterweight title by scoring 116-112 on one card and 115-113 on another, while a third judge marked Marquez winning 115-113.
Bradley was in a war with Russian Ruslan Provodnikov in March, and was a shocking winner over Manny Pacquiao last year.
This time, unbeaten Bradley, who took his record to 31-0, looked a clear winner, though one judge must have been swayed by the partisan crowd for picking Marquez, who moaned afterward that this was the sixth fight in seven losses that unfairly went against him.
Bradley is a sound pro, always in fantastic condition, but is not spectacular and has a small fan base.
But at 30, he is still getting better and will be an extremely dangerous opponent for Mayweather in a dream fight, as “Money” closes out his career with four of five more bouts.
Nevertheless, for the $50 million-plus purses Mayweather is earning from Showtime, opponents of the caliber of Bradley are compulsory.
Bradley was in a war with Russian Ruslan Provodnikov in March and was a shocking winner over Manny Pacquiao last year.