Juan Manuel Marquez chased Manny Pacquiao for three long, frustrating fights, never getting the wins he thought he surely deserved.
When he finally caught Pacquiao with a right hand out of nowhere that left him face-first on the canvas in their fourth fight, Marquez was ready to move on.
Timothy Bradley also has history with Pacquiao, and it's bittersweet. Bradley won a disputed decision but never received credit from fans.
Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) and Bradley (30-0, 12 KOs) meet tonight in a 12-round welterweight title fight in Las Vegas. Still, Pacquiao's shadow looms large.
"Nobody gave me any respect," Bradley said. "I had to go out and earn that respect. That's why I went out in my last fight like I did. I wanted to send a statement to the world."
Bradley did but paid a terrible price. He engaged in a brawl with Ruslan Provodnikov last March. Bradley won a narrow decision despite being battered early and knocked down in the 12th round. He then spent two months quietly in dark rooms trying to get over the effects of what he believes was a concussion.
U.S. blanks Jamaica, clinches first in group
Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore scored in the second half as the United States defeated Jamaica 2-0 to clinch first place in their World Cup qualifying group for the third straight cycle. Tied through 77 minutes, Zusi's shot from about 12 yards beat goalkeeper DuWayne Kerr and ignited an announced crowd of 18,467 in Kansas City, Kan. The United States (6-2-1) clinched its seventh straight World Cup berth last month.
Tunisia orders player out of match against Israeli
Tunisia's tennis federation ordered Malek Jaziri, the country's top player, to withdraw from a match against Israel's Amir Weintraub at a tournament in Uzbekistan. Arab countries for decades have observed to varying degrees boycotts against Israeli athletes in protest over the situation of the Palestinians. Shlomo Glickstein, director of Israel's tennis association, said in a statement it was sad such incidents still occur. International Tennis Federation spokesman Nick Imison said his group would write to the Tunisian federation to learn about the circumstances.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic overcame tough challenges in their quarterfinals at the Shanghai Masters and moved a step closer to a possible showdown in the final. Top-ranked Nadal saved three set points and closed out a 20-minute tiebreak in the first set against Stanislas Wawrinka before winning 7-6 (10), 6-1. Djokovic, the defending champion, needed nearly 21/2 hours to rally past Gael Monfils 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4.
Top-seeded Angelique Kerber defeated Patricia Mayr-Achleitner 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria, to secure the final spot in the WTA Championships.
The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times