Timothy Bradley sets his sights on Hall of Fame recognition
Timothy Bradley believes that victory over Juan Manuel Marquez should secure him a place in boxing's Hall of Fame.
Last Updated: 12/10/13 9:32am
The undefeated 30-year-old will defend his WBO welterweight title against the dangerous Marquez at the Thomas and Mark Center, with the fight live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 1.30am on Sunday.
Bradley has already ended the unbeaten records of Lamont Peterson, Luis Carlos Abregu and Devon Alexander during a perfect 30-fight career, while he registered a controversial points win over 'fighter of the decade' Manny Pacquiao in June 2012.
Former world champions Junior Witter, Kendall Holt, Nate Campbell and Joel Casamayor have also been toppled by Bradley, who climbed off the canvas to beat the big-punching Ruslan Provodnikov last time out.
And Bradley hopes that beating Hall of Famer Marquez, who had his first world title fight back in 1999, will finally cement his place in boxing history.
"I've got a win over Pacquiao, if I get a win over Marquez then you can't deny me a place in the Hall of Fame," he said.
"I will have beaten two Hall of Fame fighters in their prime so you can't deny me that."
And Bradley is determined to enjoy himself when he finally goes toe-to-toe with the 40-year-old Mexican.
"I always call fight night 'fun time' as it is time to have fun," he said.
"I can't wait, I have said everything else in the media. I am ready and I want the world to be ready for a tremendous, tremendous fight."
Marquez goes into the fight having knocked Pacquiao out in the sixth round of his fight, while in the past he has held world titles at featherweight, super-featherweight and lightweight as well as the WBO interim light-welterweight crown.
"This is a new and tough challenge for me but I have been training very hard..." he said.
"Everyone knows me, I don't like talking outside the ring. I do my talking in the ring."
Watch Timothy Bradley v Juan Manuel Marquez live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 1.30am on Sunday.