Coachella Valley Cheers Hometown Boy in Bradley vs. Marquez Fight
PALM DESERT - Timothy Bradley will defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight championship tonight in Las Vegas, fighting Juan Manuel Marquez.
The Bradley-Marquez fight card will begin at 6 p.m. at the Thomas and Mack Center at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. It will be shown on a pay-per-view basis and at Coachella Valley casinos, including Agua Caliente, Fantasy Springs and Spotlight 29.
The 30-year-old Bradley is 30-0, with one fight ending in a no contest. He has 12 knockouts.
Bradley previously held the WBO and World Boxing Council light welterweight championships.
Bradley won his current title by upsetting Pacquiao on a split decision on June 9, 2012. He defeated Ruslan Provodnikov on a unanimous decision in his first defense of the title March 16.
The 40-year-old Marquez, who was born in Mexico City and lives in Anaheim, is 55-6-1 with 40 knockouts. He knocked out Manny Pacquiao in his most recent fight, Dec. 8, after losing split and majority decisions to Pacquiao and having their first fight end in a draw.
Oddsmakers have established Marquez as the favorite.
The fight will be shown live at several Coachella Valley casinos, including The Show at Agua
Caliente, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84-245 Indio
Springs Drive, and Spotlight 29, 46-200 Harrison Place, Indio. The show begins at 6pm.