By Chuy Marco
Juan Manuel Marquez and his brother Rafael Marquez were in Mexico today doing a press conference on Azteca Siete for a July 16 card where both brothers will fight on, and promoted by Juan Manuel Marquez and Fernando Beltran.
Juan Manuel Marquez is fighting a tune up against a tough, young, southpaw Colombian power puncher, Likar Ramos, to help him prepare for Manny Pacquiao in November.
What I seen from Marquez during the media event was pure confidence. He knows in his heart that he beat Manny Pacquiao twice and he went a step further by saying, “Either I beat Pacquiao by knockout, or he knocks me out,” this goes to show people the true Mexican warrior that Marquez is.
I believe that Marquez will not only make the fight difficult for Pacquiao but I am confident if the unfair catchweight of 144-pounds doesn’t affect him, he can even knockout Pacquiao by the later rounds. I will even go as far to say that this tune up fight with 25-year-old Likar Ramos will be tougher for Marquez than a third fight with Pacquiao.
There is a pattern with Team Pacquiao and it has become blatantly obvious that they choose fighters they feel are on the tail end of their career and not the same anymore. While Floyd Mayweather fights guys like Victor Ortiz coming off of spectacular wins, Manny Pacquiao fights guys either past their prime or coming off tough losses.
My confidence in Marquez grew even more after watching the Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley sparring match on pay-per-view. Before I thought that Marquez would be too small, but seeing how many mistakes Manny made against Mosley and how many times he lunge in and left his face wide open for counter punches, I felt if Juan Manuel Marquez was in there he would have tattooed Pacquiao’s face with counter punches all night long.
Manny was exposed in the Mosley fight, whether you like it or not, he was exposed as a one dimensional fighter who never really evolved like many boxing scribes claimed, but was just given the proper matchmaking by Bob Arum, and built up by the media.
I just hope this time around if the Pacquiao vs. Marquez fight goes to the scorecards the right man wins, and I hope they don’t rob Juan Manuel Marquez for a third time.
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