WBA, WBO and The Ring lightweight titlist “Dinamita” Juan Manuel Marquez will defend his crowns against Colombian Likar Ramos Saturday night at the Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Mexico.
Provided Marquez (52-5-1, 38 KOs) trumps Ramos (24-3, 18 KOs), “Dinamita” will fight WBC and WBO super welterweight world champion Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao for a third time November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs), the first pugilist to win 10 world crowns in eight different weight classes, last fought May 7 when he utterly outclassed a spent “Sugar” Shane Mosley to earn a lopsided unanimous decision victory and win his 14th consecutive bout.
The two prior prizefights pitting Pacquiao against Marquez were suspenseful and scintillating affairs.
Marquez, a Mexican-born boxer who captured eight world crowns in three different weight classes, battled Pacquiao to a draw to retain his WBA and IBF featherweight titles in May 2004.
Nearly four years later in March 2008, Pacquiao narrowly escaped Marquez and managed to swipe the WBC super featherweight crown from “Dinamita” with a controversial split decision triumph.
“Two of the most exciting fights I’ve ever seen,” said Brad Sherwood, 31, a resident of South Boston who works as a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym in Medford, Mass. “They really brawled for 24 rounds.”
Marquez, rated by Ring Magazine as the No. 5 pound-for-pound pugilist in the world, is still a worthy adversary despite being on the brink of turning 38 in August.
In his most recent bout last November, “Dinamita” preserved his belts with an emphatic ninth-round TKO conquest over Michael Katsidis.
Ramos, a 25-year-old southpaw who participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics for his native South American country, has been something of a disappointment as a professional to date.
Nevertheless, Ramos’ unorthodox style and youthfulness could prove to cause trouble for the aging Mexican icon.
In a somewhat surprisingly rugged affair, expect Marquez to ultimately overwhelm Ramos and emerge victorious by knockout in the later rounds.
Unfortunately for Juan Manuel Marquez, with Manny Pacquiao looming, this weekend will prove to be the last time he triumphs in 2011.