Ramirez awestruck by Pacquiao’s prowess

Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao (right) works the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach. AFP PHOTO

Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao (right) works the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach. AFP PHOTO

Manny Pacquiao’s American sparring partner Jose Rami­rez said that the Filipino ring icon has more than enough tools at his disposal to dethrone reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) world welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 24-year-old Ramirez, undefeated in 18 fights, 13 of which were by knockouts, described Pacquiao’s skills as “phenomenal.”

“I think Manny is a phenomenal athlete, very experience, strong and fast fighter and very dedicated. Young fighter like me learns a lot from him. In our third week of sparring, my speed and skills also improved,” Ramirez told The Manila Times during a training break at the Elorde Gym in Pasay City. .

“We just have to push ourselves. He’s encouraging me and I also push him harder. It’s getting tougher. He is in very good shape, we made 15 rounds. You have to be on your toes if you’re facing Manny Pacquiao. Manny can beat any fighters. It is an honor to be with Pacquiao in the ring.”

Ramirez is a former Olympian who represented the United States in the 2012 London Olympics.

“It is not going to be an easy fight because Vargas is hungry and motivated but Manny has the tools and the edge to beat him up. I’m sure Manny will win. Well about knockout? It’s just a matter of time and knock out will come,” said Ramirez.

The former Olympian also declared that he is capable of beating Vargas should they meet in the future, “Yes, I have the power to knock him out and Vargas has no power. Hopefully, a world title will come soon. It depends on Top Rank if they give the opportunity. I want to fight Viktor Postol and Adrian Broner.”


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  1. Viktor Postol will outclass Ramirez. Postol and Crawford is a fixed fight. Postol has more power than Crawford has but Crawford is the future cash cow and is in line to fight Pacquiao so he has to win. Boxing is a business, and politics as well.

    • pumpkingilmour on

      Agree, the Postol vs. Crawford was fixed by the corrupt WBC. The WBC turns up in all of this social engineering BS, so no surprise they fixed the fight to get the belt away from Postol. Like you said its economics and politics. American boxing’s nightmare is to have white European fighters completely dominate the sport and hold all of the belts. What happens to their ratings among blacks and hispanics when that happens? What happens to the pay per view buys and television ratings among the black and hispanic working class etc.? Gone. Zilch. Not to mention the politics surrounding all of it, the political correctness and social engineering, which I will not even TRY to sort out here, as far as why it is being done to fit WHAT agenda (cultural marxist globalism probably). And anyone who thinks it wasn’t fixed. explain why Postol threw/attempted only 25% of punches vs. Crawford of what he averages per fight. In case anyone is not getting this, Postol usually throws/attempts FOUR TIMES AS MANY PUNCHES in his fights than he threw against Crawford. That is simply RIDICULOUS, and no amount of BS equivocation and excuse making can conceal that. Do not claim that Crawford was too quick , watch the GD fight, you can see with your own eyes that Postol chased Crawford and cornered him all night, with Crawford backing up and therefore WIDE OPEN to Postol to ATTEMPT to hit him. Yet Postol doesn’t even TRY to hit him! Postol was so much faster than Crawford that Crawford was on his back foot all fight, moving backwards, which in boxing terms means that he CANNOT attack while moving backwards and being driven cowering into the corners about five times per round. Yet Postol throws NOTHING. Postol corners Crawford, and then just stands there feinting until Crawford escapes. The entire fight was like that. At least one of knockdowns on Postol looked completely fake. The other one may have been embellished by Postol into a knockdown, or Postol may have intentionally taken a punch. There is no chance, by any logic, that this fight was not fixed. Freddie Roach was laughing his head off prior to this fight and publicly claiming that he was betting on Postol , which is unprecedented, since when does a trainer discuss betting on a fight? The WBC is so corrupt , I would advise NO ONE to bet on a WBC fight. Deontay Wilder will be the same as Terrence Crawford, Adonis Stevenson will be the same as Terrence Crawford. Their fights will be scheduled and/or fixed to ensure that they win. Any fights which cannot be fixed in their favor will be blocked, foremost, canceled or derailed by bogus drug allegations (like they did to Povetkin)

  2. Pacquiao’s sparring mate is a junior welterweight but Jessie Vargas is a welterweight who stopped a natural undefeated middleweight in Sadam Ali. Pacquiao has to be intelligent in offensive and tight in defense. He has to knock Vargas out or Vargas will knock him out

  3. Pqcquiao said Jessie Vargas won’t be able to knock him out because God is with Him. But he also said in Mayweather fight that Floyd will not win because God is with Him. I hope Pacquiao stops saying about God because he shames God when he loses.

  4. Vargas has no power? That was long ago. He gained so much since he got Roy Jones Jr. as his trainer and that was years ago. Now Jessie is a whole lot bigger, thanks to Memo Heredia. Jessie wobbled Bradley which Pacquiao never did to Bradley. We will see in the ring on fight night. Pacquiao has no power in welterweight.