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.”



  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.

  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.

Leave A Reply