Pacquiao vs Marquez: The Fate of the Fight Is in the Hands of Likar Ramos

Henry MartinSenior Analyst IJuly 13, 2011

LAS VEGAS - JULY 31:  Juan Diaz  (R) throws a right at WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez in the third round of their bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center July 31, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marquez retained his WBA and WBO lightweight championship belts with a unanimous-decision victory over Diaz.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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People have been focused upon a third match between Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38KO) and Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 38KO) since word broke out about a possible match-up between the two heated rivals before Pacquiao's match with Mosley.

The match has been criticized for coming too late, and praised for settling the controversial matches between the two fighters.

People seem to be forgetting about one thing, though.

There's one road block in the way of the fight happening, and his name is Likar Ramos (24-3 18KO).

Marquez hasn't fought since Nov. 27 of last year, when he fought against Michael Katsidis and knocked him out in the ninth round. He needs a tune-up fight before his match with Pacquiao, and he'll be facing off against Ramos this Saturday in Cancun, Mexico.

Ramos hopes to play spoiler against Marquez and defeat him when they enter the ring because he feels as if Marquez is overlooking him. Marquez has already claimed that he isn't taking this fight lightly, and that he believes a loss here could seriously affect his future fight against Pacquiao.

This means that Ramos will be in for the fight of his life as he will be facing a focused and determined Marquez.

Nobody really gives Ramos a chance of winning because he has never faced a fighter of Marquez's caliber. The best opponent that Ramos has fought in his career was Jorge Solis, who decimated Ramos over seven rounds.

Ramos, on the other hand, believes that he will be able to surprise the champion, and the world, this coming Saturday by beating him. He claims that he has spent two and-a-half months training for his fight with Marquez, and hopes to shock Marquez.

Whatever happens on Saturday, the future of the third match between Marquez and Pacquiao is in the hands of Ramos.

If Ramos loses to Marquez as planned, then the fight with Pacquiao and Marquez will go on without a hitch. If Ramos somehow upsets Marquez, then the bout between Marquez and Pacquiao will be put into serious question.

On another note, Marquez's younger brother Rafael Marquez (39-6 35KO) will be fighting on the same day against Eusebio Osejo (19-9 7KO).

Rafael is a former IBF/IBO bantamweight and WBC super bantamweight champion. His last fight was a loss against former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez.

Osejo hopes to play the part of the spoiler as well in his match against Rafael Marquez.