Juan Manuel Marquez has his July tune-up opponent set. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Juan Manuel Marquez has found his tune-up opponent for Manny Pacquiao at last. 25-year-old Colombian Likar Ramos has been signed to face Marquez on July 16, to help prepare the Mexican star for Pacquiao on November 12.
Ramos (24-3, 18 KO) is not as good as his record might indicate, and in his highest-profile fight, was smashed to bits by Jorge Solis in 2010. Solis put Ramos down three times en route to a body shot knockout in the seventh round. Like the Marquez fight is likely to, that one took place in Mexico. It was Ramos' only fight outside of his native country, where like many Colombian fighters he's built up a garbage record fighting nobodies, but even there he lost to countrymen Walter Estrada, who has had a fine journeyman's career, and Edinson Garcia.
Ramos also has a history of being a very dirty fighter. In the rematch he lost to Garcia, he lost by DQ for biting Garcia on the shoulder. Against Solis, he was docked a point for repeated rabbit punching.
His qualifications for this fight are simple: He's a 5'7" southpaw and he can't beat Marquez on his best day and Marquez's worst. The July fight is only to make sure that Marquez is active and not going into a showdown with Pacquiao having not fought in a year, since Marquez's last bout was a November 27, 2010, win over Michael Katsidis.