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Timothy Bradley wins split decision over Juan Manuel Marquez

WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr., right, throws

WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr., right, throws a right punch at Juan Manuel Marquez during their bout at the Thomas & Mack Center. (Oct. 12, 2013) Credit: Getty

LAS VEGAS -- Timothy Bradley did just enough to win once again, beating Juan Manuel Marquez by split decision Saturday night to keep his piece of the welterweight title.

Bradley thwarted Marquez's attempt to win his fifth world title by coming on in the second half of the fight to win. It was the third straight close decision win for Bradley, who was a hotly disputed winner over Manny Pacquiao two fights ago.

The pro-Marquez crowd booed loudly and Bradley egged them on afterward. He won 116-112 on one card and 115-113 on another, while a third judge had Marquez winning 115-113.

Bradley rocked Marquez with a left hook in the final seconds of the final round, the biggest punch of the fight between the last two men to beat Pacquiao.

New York Sports