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Friday, May 25, 2018

Juan Manuel Marquez-Timothy Bradley fight moving to October

Timothy BradleyJuan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley have moved their scheduled fight to October to avoid a conflict with Floyd Mayweather on September 14.

Bob Arum’s Top Rank promotions booked Sept. 14 for the Marquez-Bradley fight even though Mayweather had plans to fight on the same day. Arum said last month that he would move the Marquez-Bradley fight to another date if Mayweather stuck to the September fight date. Mayweather announced on Wednesday that he will face Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 14, so Arum is moving Marquez-Bradley to Oct. 12.

Arum said last month that he was keeping Marquez-Bradley on Sept. 14 in case something happened where Mayweather backed out of the date. Since the middle of September is a big time for Mexicans to fight (Sept. 16 is Mexican Independence Day), Arum wanted to make sure he had that date reserved in case it became available. It was a smart strategy and there was no harm in keeping it just in case.

The fight between Marquez and Bradley will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas with Bradley’s WBO welterweight title on the line.

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