Ramos: Pacquiao didn’t train hard enough for Marquez fight
By Jason Kim: Trainer Rafael Ramos at the Mayweather boxing gym in Las Vegas, thinks Manny Pacquiao didn’t train hard enough for his recent fight with Juan Manuel Marquez last month. Pacquiao was stopped in the 6th round by Marquez. Ramos thinks Pacquiao’s mind is more focused on his political career than his boxing career right now and he thinks that’s what cost him the fight.
Speaking with interviewer Chris Robinson at hustleboss.com, Ramos said “I think this time Marquez was more prepared than last time. I think Pacquiao he didn’t train the way he did in the other fights. Marquez came more prepared. I think he is more in the politics.”
That’s something I noticed as well about Marquez and Pacquiao as they trained for their fourth fight. Pacquiao looked like he was training at half speed and not with the full intensity that he had in his past training camps. He just didn’t look like he had the same animal intensity that he had in his training camps from 2009 and earlier.
In contrast, Marquez was working out feverishly in training camp and he looked like a man possessed. He had huge crowds watching him work out like he was a super star and he trained all out.
Marquez came into the training camp already in excellent condition from having worked hard with his strength and conditioning coach Angel Heredia. Marquez continued to work a lot of on his strength training with Heredia during the camp, so that when Marquez entered the ring against Pacquiao he was a lot stronger than he had been in their third fight.
Marquez’s hand speed and work rate might not have been as good as it had been in the previous fights with Pacquiao, but the added strength that he now had more than made up for his lack of speed.