When Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez signed on to fight Colombian boxer Likar Ramos, it was supposed to be a tune-up for the former’s upcoming third bout against pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. So when Marquez knocked Ramos out in 47 seconds with a right straight, one wonders how much tuning up he ended up doing.
And while Marquez is one of the best boxers in the world, his opponent was bad. Really bad.
Scott Christ of Bad Left Hook put it best:
Ramos cannot fight. When he fought Jorge Solis, he was demolished, and forgive me, but Jorge Solis is no Juan Manuel Marquez.
What I think we saw here was a top five pound-for-pound fighter against a bad Colombian club fighter. I wouldn’t expect Ramos to win many Friday Night Fights co-feature fights, either, to be honest. He’s truly not a good fighter, and his charity interim belt at 130 pounds was a farce. He was not in any way other than injury or cuts a dangerous proposition for Marquez, who could flatten a lot of guys who are probably five times better than Ramos.
As for Marquez, at least he got his training in, ensuring that he’s not rusty for the Pacquiao fight. That, wrote Christ, was the point of this whole exercise:
But the reality is that Marquez got in a training camp, which means he won’t have a full year off before facing Pacquiao in November. That’s all this fight was about.
» Despite Marquez announcement, Bradley fight still a possibility for Manny Pacquiao
» Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent: Neither Bradley nor Marquez
» Freddie Roach wants Pacquiao to fight Marquez in Mexico, Arum looking at Macau