Bradley's jab helps defeat Marquez

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Timothy Bradley Jr. retained his WBO Welterweight Title Saturday with punches like this against Juan Manuel Marquez.He hadn't fought in seven months, but in the end Timothy Bradley Jr. came away with a familiar result. Bradley defeated Juan Manuel Marquez by split decision to retain his WBO Welterweight Title. He improves to 31-0 with one no contest in his career, including 8-0 with one no contest against current or former world champions.

Bradley won 116-112 on one judge's scorecard and 115-113 on another. The third judge had it 115-113 in favor of Marquez.

According to CompuBox, Bradley landed 30 percent of his punches, and 38 percent of his power punches. Marquez landed 34 percent of his total punches, but was out-landed 168 to 153 over the 12-round fight. The difference was in jabs where Bradley landed 82 jabs to Marquez’s 38, according to CompuBox

Marquez landed more punches than Bradley in just three of the rounds although he landed more power punches than Bradley in nine of the rounds, according to CompuBox

Bradley did much of his damage to the left side of Marquez's face, peppering him with 75 punches according to ESPN Stats & Information's video tracking.

Using that same video tracking, Bradley also landed more punches to the body, but by a small margin, edging Marquez 52 to 45.

Marquez drops to 55-7-1 with the loss and is now 8-6-1 against current or former world champions. It was Marquez' first fight since knocking out Manny Pacquiao last December. He had won five of his previous six fights.

Statistical data provided by CompuBox; directional tracking from ESPN Stats & Info