Did Ramos take a dive against Marquez?


Posted at Jul 18 2011 02:38 PM | Updated as of Jul 19 2011 05:56 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing analysts and writers are questioning Juan Manuel Marquez' knockout victory over Likar Ramos last Sunday in Mexico.

Juan Manuel Marquez is set to fight Manny Pacquiao on November.

Marquez had scored a first round knockout victory over Ramos in his tune-up bout for pound-for-pound king Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.

But moments after the knockout, ESPN's boxing analyst, Dan Rafael, posted on Twitter: "Gotta be honest, that did NOT look like a knockout punch that would do such damage. Just did not look that bad."

Rafael also criticized how Ramos had seemingly braced himself for the fall after taking the punch from Marquez.

"Who stumbles like that and then goes out cold? Seriously?" he tweeted.

"It was almost like Ramos squeezed his eyes shut. When guys get KO’d COLD like he seemed to be it's because they hit their head. He didn't," Rafael added.

Rafael implied that Ramos had simply taken a dive when he tweeted: "A knockdown on that punch? Sure. Even a KO? Maybe. But out cold, didnt hit head, NO movement, eyes shut tightly? NO WAY."

Other writers also expressed their doubt over the knockout.

"It was a good clean punch, but the acting afterward was better," said Brad Cooney of 8countnews.com.

"Ramos fell backward and braced himself for the fall. He braced himself for the fall and once on the floor he then decided to go to sleep? Looked a little suspect to this writer," Cooney added.

Another writer from 8countnews.com said that Ramos' acting job spoiled the integrity of boxing.

"Ramos could have been one of the greatest 'spoilers' of the year if he had impressed against Marquez, instead it looks like the only thing that got spoiled was the integrity of boxing once again, undermining some of the truly great fights that did occur," wrote Darren Barcomb.