Timothy Bradley, left, lands a punch against Juan Manuel Marquez in the 11th round. (Julie Jacobson / Associated Press)
Las Vegas — Timothy Bradley did just enough to win once again, beating Juan Manuel Marquez by split decision Saturday night to keep his welterweight belt.
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.