Tuesday, 19 July 2011 11:43
Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez proved on Sunday (Manila time) that he is ready for a third fight against boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao in November, knocking out Colombian Likar Ramos right in the first round to retain his lightweight crown in Cuncun, Mexico.
Marquez connected with a devastating right straight that sent a lesser skilled opponent to the canvass flat for a long time before he was up on his feet. The time of the stoppage was 1:47.
Marquez said he did not expect to end the fight so early with the hope of using a left-handed Ramos to shake off rust from his long lay-off in the ring.
”Sometimes that’s the way fight go, they short. I’d like to fight a few more rounds to get ready for Pacquiao but fight is like that,” Marquez said in a post-fight interview.
Marquez advised Pacquiao to prepare well for their third fight in November. The first match in 2004 ended in a draw and a split decision win for Pacquiao in 2008.
”I just wanted to tell him (Pacquiao) to prepare well because I’m gonna prepare well. I wanna give the fans a great fight and I’m looking forward for this fight" Marquez said.
Marquez improved his ring record to 25-5-1 with 38 knockouts while Ramos absorbed third defeat in 27 fights with 18 KOs. (PNA)
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