WBO, WBA and Ring Lightweight Champion Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KO) knocked out Likar Ramos (24-4, 18 KO) in the first round of their lightweight bout to set up a fight with WBO Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KO) on November 12th.
Since being defeated by Mayweather in 2009, Marquez has had three consecutive victories over Ramos, Michael Katsidis and Juan Diaz. He has looked impressive in all of them and put on very entertaining fights and knockout performances in the process.
He will be taking on Pacquiao for the third time when they meet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada at a catch weight of 144 pounds.
Their first bout from 2004 resulted in a draw after Marquez was dropped three times in the first round. He fought back to lead by five points on one scorecard at the end of the fight.
The second fight was a split-decision loss in a fight many ringside observers thought Marquez had won. He lost by a single point on one scorecard and by three on another.
"Sometimes, that's the way fights go. They are short," said Marquez after his win over Ramos. "I got a good punch on him. He couldn't take it. That's the way fights go sometimes."
"He(Pacquiao) needs to prepare well because I'm going to prepare well."
"Mayweather is a good defensive fighter. With Pacquiao and me, it's going to be a war."
Since their last fight in 2008, Pacquiao has defeated Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito and David Diaz.