MANILA, JULY 19, 2011
(MANILA TIMES) [Manny Pacquiao and coach Freddie Roach]

BY JUN MEDINA SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT - JUAN Manuel Marquez knocked out lightweight contender Likar Ramos in the first round of a junior middleweight bout Saturday night at Plaza de Toros in the resort city of Cancun, Mexico.

Marquez, 37, knocked Ramos out cold with a solid straight right hand midway through the opening round of what was intended to a tune-up 10-round fight for the his November 13 big-money title challenge of World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.

Marquez (52-5-1, 38 by knockouts) said after the fight that he was ready for his third encounter with Pacquiao, the world’s top boxer pound-for-pound.

“I want [Pacquiao] to prepare well, because I’m going to prepare well,” said Marquez, who promised “war” in his coming encounter with Pacquiao. His fight against Ramos was streamed live to the United States by Top Rank Promotions.

Marquez bucked three knockdowns in the first round and salvaged a controversial draw in a 2004 super featherweight title bout with Pacquiao and then dropped a razor-thin split decision to the Filipino superstar in the rematch four years later.

The Mexican counter-puncher, who turns 38 on August 23, has fought only once at welterweight, losing a lopsided decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September 2009. He promised to do a better job adding weight for his third shot at Pacquiao.

He said his style of fighting is better suited to an aggressive opponent like Pacquiao than a fellow counter-puncher like Mayweather.

“Mayweather is a defensive fighter. He wins rounds with just a few punches and he doesn’t let you do much,” Marquez told reporters. “But with me and Pacquiao it’s going to be a war.”

Since losing his super featherweight title to Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 by knockouts) Marquez has moved up in weight to lightweight and won five straight wins at that weight, four of them by knockouts, en route to winning the WBO and World Boxing Association titles.

Marquez’ trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain said both Pacquiao and Marquez have improved since their 2008 rematch, but the legendary trainer thinks Marquez has become stronger and more aggressive and has the tools to stop the Filipino fighters 14 fight winning streak.

Pacquiao is been pegged a heavy 8-1 favorite by odd makers, and his renowned American trainer, Freddie Roach, is predicting Pacquiao will knockout Marquez in their November showdown at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.


Marquez: Pacquiao, you're next By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) Updated July 18, 2011 12:00 AM

[Juan Manuel Marquez dons a yellow shirt that sends a clear message to his next opponent.]

MANILA, Philippines - Juan Manuel Marquez yesterday called on Manny Pacquiao to train hard for their Nov. 12 showdown in Las Vegas.

“I just wanted to tell him to prepare himself,” said Marquez after knocking out Likar Ramos right in the first round yesterday.

The non-title fight that took place in Cancun was supposed to serve as a tuneup for Marquez in preparation for Pacquiao.

But it hardly served its purpose because Ramos, a southpaw from Colombia, was knocked out cold after taking a big right from Marquez.

Ramos stayed longer down on the canvas than the one minute and 47 seconds that he was up on his feet.

They should have lined up two opponents for Marquez if only they knew that Ramos would go down that easy.

Still, Marquez said the early knockout was a result of a very good punch.

“I was hoping it would have lasted longer but sometimes that’s how it goes,” Marquez told <> .

“I happened to get a great punch on him and he couldn’t take it, sometimes that is the way fights go,” Michael Marley of The Examiner wrote.

“I will prepare well for Pacquiao and I want him to do that also. We can give the fans a war. (Floyd) Mayweather is so defensive a fighter...but with Pacquiao, it’s going to be a war.”

Marquez weighed in 138 pounds against Ramos, but will have to put on a little more weight in his third clash with Pacquiao, the reigning WBO weltwerweight champion.

Marquez wanted to send a message to Pacquiao that he’s ready for war. But it was unlikely though that Pacquiao caught his fight live on television.

Pacquiao partied hard the night before, gracing the grand birthday bash of Jake Joson, the boxer’s close friend, at Opus of the Resorts World.

Pacquiao arrived at the party close to midnight and was joined in his corner by former Ilocos Sur Gov. Chavit Singson and a few other close friends.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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