Juan Manuel Marquez: The Likar Ramos Knockout Conspiracy

Henry MartinSenior Analyst IJuly 17, 2011

LAS VEGAS - JULY 31:  WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (R) hits Juan Diaz in the eighth 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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OK, I don't want to be that guy who says that this fight was set up, but I really feel like this fight was set up.

For those of you who haven't watched Marquez's fight against Ramos yet, you can view the fight in its entirety here (skip to 5:35 for knockout).

Now, I know what some of you may be thinking. That was a very strong right hand that Marquez was able to land on the young man's chin. Straight down the middle and right on the button.

It's a legitimate hit, and you're a crazy owl man for even saying this could be set up.

I'm not question the hit though.I believe the punch was real and the knockdown was real, it's the knockout that I'm questioning.

Let me throw out two quick questions.

How many fighters have you ever seen,that have gotten knocked out cold, break their fall after they get hit?

Also, how many of those same fighters have gone to sleep after being knocked out?

Let me be honest with you, I don't think I have ever seen a boxer do that no matter how vicious the hit was. Ramos was staring right at him after he got hit and while he was falling! 

Paul Williams received a vicious left hook from Sergio Martinez and was instantly floored.

Rickey Hatton ate a left hand against Manny Pacquiao and dropped instantly.

Glen Johnson made Roy Jones Jr. eat canvas with a right hand.

What do all of these knockouts have in common? When all of these men were hit, they were knocked unconscious and were dropped instantly. None of them were aware enough to the point that they could put their hands back and gently cushion themselves as the hit the floor.

When somebody gets knocked out cold like Ramos supposedly was, they don't prop their hands back to catch themselves; they smash down onto the canvas. 

Now, let me say this. I don't think that Marquez fixed the fight, and I'm not accusing him of doing so. I just feel that Ramos took a dive in this fight so that Marquez could win. His loss kind of reminded me of this.

I find it funny also that while browsing around the web after the fight, people were actually getting excited now for the Pacquiao fight against Marquez. All of a sudden, Marquez is a viable threat to Manny Pacquiao in Nov.

Well, I guess this is good for Top Rank. 

With Marquez's utter destruction of the young and heavier Ramos, they now have something to use to strengthen their Marquez-Pacquiao bout.