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A well-placed right straight to Likar Ramos’ chin was Juan Manuel Marquez’ (53-6-1, 39 KOs) ticket to his ultimate destination – a third war with archnemesis Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) on November this year. Although many voiced their concerns about Marquez taking a risky move in having a tune-up fight with Ramos, the latter being a former interim world champion and a big puncher himself, quite a few (writer included) knew Marquez is the far superior fighter of the two.

But a stoppage in the very first round was something nobody was expecting. Marquez did just that, sending Ramos to dreamland with a right straight. And with the knockout, the Mexican ring legend assured himself of a third clash with Pacquiao, a grudge match he has long clamored for.

Proving ground. Pacquiao versus Marquez III now looms.

But victory is not all butterflies and rainbows for Marquez. Many (writer included) feels the victory is somewhat dubious. That is not saying that Marquez is not capable of stopping his opponents. The Mecxican dynamite can blast anyone on or near his division to be honest.

But the fashion of which Ramos went out after being tagged with that shot, seemingly out cold and unconscious for a significant amount of time, made the whole scene shadier than the NJ judges giving Paul Williams a hometown victory over Erislandy Lara.

There’s no argument that Marquez threw a powerful right straight that landed squarely on Ramos’ chin. By the looks of it, it certainly had the pop to take out just about any lightweight or light welter fighters at the receiving end. But going down the way Ramos did – flattened with no immediate movement whatsoever – really pushes some boxing people to put their Sherlock hats on.

When Pacquiao took out Ricky Hatton in the second round with that wicked left hook, Hatton was really unconscious but his eyes and mouth were open. When Nonito Donaire blasted former world champion Fernando Montiel out with a counter left hook, the Mexican warrior twitched and even struggled to get back to his feet.

There’s no debate whether Marquez has the capability to finish an opponent. The guy can. But it is highly recommended for Ramos to take some acting lessons to make future stunts plausible, if that was all an acting job (which this writer believes it was).

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Kenneth P. Ragpala is an award-winning sports blogger who has been covering the sport of boxing since 2008. His works have appeared in local newspapers in his home city in Cagayan de Oro and in several online publications abroad. Ragpala has written for several boxing websites, namely Fight Hype, 8 Count News, and Bleacher Report.