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Pacquiao’s next opponent scores first round KO win

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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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