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PACQUIAO IS 2015's ASIA GAME CHANGER; HONORED IN NEW YORK


OCTOBER 12 -Manny Pacquiao takes questions at the Asia Society in New York, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. File/AP Photo/Seth Wenig NEW YORK – Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao was honored by the prestigious Asia Society as one of its 2015 Asian Game Changers for making a positive difference for the Asian region and its people at the United Nations headquarters Tuesday evening in New York.
“It is a big honor to my family and me, not only to my family but to our whole country and the Filipino people. This honor belongs to us because of their support,” said Pacquiao after receiving the award alongside nine other notable awardees whose contributions in their fields were honored by the organization. They include Chinese telecommunications magnate Lei Jun; Indian/American comedian and actor Aasif Mandvi; Emirati fighter pilot Mariam al-Mansouri; Japanese inventors and 2014 Nobel Prize winners Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura; Chanda Kochhar, the CEO of Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India and Li Cunxin, the artistic director of the Queensland Ballet. “It’s a very prestigious award that I have right now,” Pacquiao said in his speech, as posted in an article at Philboxing.com. Pacquiao rose to global stardom as a result of his sensational performances in the ring. And as a global sports icon, Pacquiao utilized his star presence to increase awareness on social issues such as human trafficking, poverty and the plight of his countrymen during calamities. This desire to help others stems from his past, growing up poor in General Santos City before he became a wealthy boxer. “I experienced the life that you never experienced. I experienced the life that sometimes we have food, sometimes none. I experienced a life that we don’t have shelter. I tried to sleep in the street. That was my life. In my success in life, I will never forget my past when I was young and that is why I am turning back and helping them,” Pacquiao narrated. Pacquiao was introduced to the audience by another global sports icon, tennis great John McEnroe, in Tuesday’s awards dinner. READ MORE...

ALSO: A disappointed Khan withdraws from Pacquiao talks


OCTOBER 14 -
Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan A “disappointed” Amir Khan reportedly pulled out of negotiations for a fight with Manny Pacquiao. In a report by The National, the British star expressed dismay over what he claimed as delays caused by Pacquiao’s camp in finalizing the bout, which is supposedly planned for next year.
"I'm really disappointed in Manny and his team," Khan told the newspaper. "They aren't playing ball. All that was left to do is to sign the contract. But they are stalling.” Khan has set his sights on Pacquiao after repeatedly failing to land a much bigger fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., who recently retired from boxing. But it appears that his second option is also no longer feasible. "I have pulled out of the negotiations. I am no longer fighting Manny Pacquiao. I am not going to wait around for Manny like I did for Mayweather. I need to fight and if they don't want to fight then that's fine, I have other targets," Khan stressed. But Khan, interestingly a close friend of Pacquiao, isn’t closing the doors on a date with the Filipino icon, who used to be his sparring partner. In a recent tweet, Khan said all Pacquiao has to do is sign the contract. Pacquiao recently bared he is close to fully recovering from a shoulder injury he sustained while training for the Mayweather fight. He is expected to fight early next year before the May elections, wherein Pacquiao is gunning for a Senate seat. Aside from Khan, boxers in Pacquiao’s radar include Timothy Bradley, Kell Brook and even Juan Manuel Marquez. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Filipino pugs face no patsies in United States slugfest


OCTOBER 17 -
Tony Aldeguer (right) with son Michael (left) and WBO lightflyweight champion Donnie Nietes. Joaquin Henson ALA stable owner Tony Aldeguer won’t be at the StubHub Center in Carson City, California, for the first-ever Filipino boxing promotion in the US tonight (tomorrow morning, Manila time) but he’s closely monitoring developments of the historic venture from his home and office in Cebu.
Aldeguer would’ve flown to Carson City to witness “Pinoy 33 – Filipinos Contra Latinos” but had to stay behind because of business commitments. His son Michael, president of ALA Promotions, is taking care of things Stateside. Aldeguer’s wife Lou and sister Lally took a flight to Los Angeles yesterday to be at ringside for the show featuring WBO lightflyweight champion Donnie Nietes against Mexico’s Juan Alejo in the main event. “Michael is in charge of sales, marketing and promotions,” said Aldeguer. “I just watch over the training of our fighters. This isn’t an easy business project. Initially, our plan was to hold small cards in San Diego and San Francisco preparatory to a big promotion in Los Angeles or Las Vegas. But Dubai came up last August so we delayed our entry into the US market. Before we knew it, the year was coming to a close and the opportunity to promote in Carson City came along so we decided to go for it.” Aldeguer said the ALA Group found out soon enough how difficult it is to do a boxing promotion on its own in the US. “First, we had to fly over our staff to work on the project,” he said. “Then, the foreign fighters asked to be paid tax free so we had to add on the 30 percent tax for us to shoulder. We’re also not familiar with the US market. Donnie isn’t known to Americans. He’s not a Manny Pacquiao but we want to introduce him to American fans as an exciting fighter.” In Dubai where ALA staged a successful second promotion last August, Aldeguer said only 50 percent of tickets had been sold two days before the show. “We know the mentality of the Filipino market,” he said. “The fans buy tickets at the last minute. Luckily, the Dubai show was jampacked on fight night and the stadium had a capacity of 5,000. We don’t know how we’ll do with ticket sales at the StubHub Center. Some friends from Las Vegas are driving to Carson City to watch and I’m told Filipinos in Los Angeles are coming in full force to support our fighters. This is a 100 percent Filipino venture. Top Rank isn’t involved. We’re doing this on our own and we’re grateful to ABS-CBN for its support through The Filipino Channel. This wouldn’t be possible without the backing of ABS-CBN.”  READ MORE...

ALSO: ALA boxers, foes ready to rumble


OCTOBER 17 -CARSON, California – The fighters stood face to face Thursday noon and looked ready to rumble for Pinoy Pride 33: Philippines vs the World at the StubHub Center here.
Donnie Nietes, the only reigning Filipino world champion today, stared at his challenger from Mexico, Juan “Pinky” Alejo, during the press conference at the Carson Civic Center. The three other boxers from the ALA stable of Cebu, Albert Pagara, Mark Magsayo and Jason Pagara, also met their opponents from Nicaragua and Mexico for the first time. “It’s time. It’s showtime,” said the 33-year-old Nietes, who will put his WBO light-flyweight crown on the line against the obscure fighter from Mexico. Nietes will have a lot more at stake Saturday evening (Sunday noon in Manila), including his reputation as the longest reigning Pinoy champion. The soft-spoken native of Negros Occidental has been world champion since 2007, and hasn’t lost a fight since 2004, racking up 21 straight victories. Alejo said he’s here to take it all away from Nietes. “But I prepared hard for this fight. I’m excited to fight him. I like to fight here for the Filipinos. If I get the chance I will knock him out,” said Nietes. Alejo applauded from his chair as Nietes was introduced during the press conference. “I know Nietes is a complete boxer and he’s one of the best. But I’m also ready to put up a good fight for 12 rounds,” said the Mexican. At 2 p.m. Friday, they will meet again during the official weigh-in at the Carson Civic Center, where a bronze statue of the Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, stands. Albert Pagara, undefeated in 24 fights with 17 knockouts, will defend his IBF Inter-Continental super-bantamweight crown against Nicaragua’s William Gonzales. READ MORE...

ALSO By Joaquin Henson: No Freddie Roach, no problem


OCTOBER 16 -
By Joaquin M. Henson Freddie Roach won’t be in Brian Viloria’s corner when the Hawaiian Punch battles unbeaten WBC flyweight champion Roman (Chocolatito) Gonzalez of Nicaragua in a scheduled 12-round title fight at the Madison Square Garden in New York City tomorrow night (Sunday morning, Manila) but his absence isn’t an issue. Viloria’s manager Gary Gittelsohn told The Star yesterday the strategy is laid out and Roach’s chief assistant Marvin Somodio will work the corner with long-time cutman Ruben Gomez. “Freddie has been very helpful in getting Brian ready for this fight,” said Gittelsohn in a text message. “He was with Brian throughout his camp. The strategy is in place and Brian is prepared to execute it. Freddie’s right hand man Marvin is a marvellous trainer who works brilliantly with Brian – they’re fully on the same wavelength. I feel terrific about their connection and the makeup of the corner with Ruben. If I’ve learned anything over our years together, it’s that no one responds to great challenges better than Brian.” Roach decided yesterday to stay in Los Angeles and forego the trip to New York. He’s busy working with WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and WBA cruiserweight titlist Denis Lebedev at the Wild Card Gym. Cotto is slated to face Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas on Nov. 21 while Lebedev will stake his crown against Lateef Kayode in Kazan, Russia, on Nov. 4. “One of us has to stay behind to take care of Cotto and Lebedev,” said Somodio. “Brian is confident. He has power with both hands. How the fight will end could depend on which fighter is able to land the cleaner shots. Brian can win this. His training was excellent. I don’t think there’s reason to worry. Brian is prepared and knows what he has to do to win.” Gittelsohn said Viloria is ready for the biggest fight of his career. “I’m excited and so is Brian,” he said. “He’s ripped and in the best shape of his life, already on weight and ready to step on the scale. Gonzalez has never faced a fighter like Brian and I’m confident Brian’s superior speed and power will rule the day. The fight has the makings of ‘greatness’ all over it.”  READ MORE...


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Pacquiao is 2015’s Asia Game Changer


Manny Pacquiao takes questions at the Asia Society in New York, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. File/AP Photo/Seth Wenig

MANILA, OCTOBER 19, 2015, (PHILSTAR) - Manny Pacquiao takes questions at the Asia Society in New York, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. File/AP Photo/Seth Wenig NEW YORK – Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao was honored by the prestigious Asia Society as one of its 2015 Asian Game Changers for making a positive difference for the Asian region and its people at the United Nations headquarters Tuesday evening in New York.

“It is a big honor to my family and me, not only to my family but to our whole country and the Filipino people. This honor belongs to us because of their support,” said Pacquiao after receiving the award alongside nine other notable awardees whose contributions in their fields were honored by the organization.

They include Chinese telecommunications magnate Lei Jun; Indian/American comedian and actor Aasif Mandvi; Emirati fighter pilot Mariam al-Mansouri; Japanese inventors and 2014 Nobel Prize winners Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura; Chanda Kochhar, the CEO of Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India and Li Cunxin, the artistic director of the Queensland Ballet.

“It’s a very prestigious award that I have right now,” Pacquiao said in his speech, as posted in an article at Philboxing.com.

Pacquiao rose to global stardom as a result of his sensational performances in the ring. And as a global sports icon, Pacquiao utilized his star presence to increase awareness on social issues such as human trafficking, poverty and the plight of his countrymen during calamities.

This desire to help others stems from his past, growing up poor in General Santos City before he became a wealthy boxer.

“I experienced the life that you never experienced. I experienced the life that sometimes we have food, sometimes none. I experienced a life that we don’t have shelter. I tried to sleep in the street. That was my life. In my success in life, I will never forget my past when I was young and that is why I am turning back and helping them,” Pacquiao narrated.

Pacquiao was introduced to the audience by another global sports icon, tennis great John McEnroe, in Tuesday’s awards dinner.

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“I was fortunate enough to meet Nelson Mandela, and one of the things he said to me was that sports have the potential to change the world, and Manny Pacquiao is one of the individuals who can do that,” McEnroe remarked.


The 2015 Asia Society Asia Game Changers: (L to R): Shuji Nakamura, Aasif Mandvi, Mariam al-Mansouri, Kiran Bir Sethi, Li Cunxin, Manny Pacquiao, Chanda Kochar, and Lei Jun. Photographed on October 13, 2015. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)

Pacquiao encouraged the audience to battle and reduce poverty, even briefly touching on the refugee crisis in the Middle East.

“If you really have love in your heart, show it in action by helping and having compassion to those people who need help. Keep on fighting poverty and reduce poverty and helping our brothers and sisters in the Middle East who are suffering because of the war there.”

It’s a first for the 36-year-old congressman from Sarangani province, and the only boxer in history to win world titles in eight different weight classes.

Pacquiao, the most exciting fighter of this generation, flew to New York Sunday evening to receive the award.

He’s given the award much importance, being the first Filipino to be named Asia Society’s Game Changer.

“It makes me seem like a sort of super hero. We all know in reality that I’m not. I am but a man blessed by God who has answered his call to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Pacquiao.

As a boxing superstar who came from humble beginnings, Pacquiao has provided great hope to Filipinos, especially those who struggle in their everyday lives. – With Abac Cordero


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Khan withdraws from Pacquiao talks By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated October 14, 2015 - 9:47am 3 311 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan

MANILA, Philippines – A “disappointed” Amir Khan reportedly pulled out of negotiations for a fight with Manny Pacquiao.

In a report by The National, the British star expressed dismay over what he claimed as delays caused by Pacquiao’s camp in finalizing the bout, which is supposedly planned for next year.

"I'm really disappointed in Manny and his team," Khan told the newspaper. "They aren't playing ball. All that was left to do is to sign the contract. But they are stalling.”

Khan has set his sights on Pacquiao after repeatedly failing to land a much bigger fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., who recently retired from boxing. But it appears that his second option is also no longer feasible.

"I have pulled out of the negotiations. I am no longer fighting Manny Pacquiao. I am not going to wait around for Manny like I did for Mayweather. I need to fight and if they don't want to fight then that's fine, I have other targets," Khan stressed.

But Khan, interestingly a close friend of Pacquiao, isn’t closing the doors on a date with the Filipino icon, who used to be his sparring partner. In a recent tweet, Khan said all Pacquiao has to do is sign the contract.

Pacquiao recently bared he is close to fully recovering from a shoulder injury he sustained while training for the Mayweather fight. He is expected to fight early next year before the May elections, wherein Pacquiao is gunning for a Senate seat.

Aside from Khan, boxers in Pacquiao’s radar include Timothy Bradley, Kell Brook and even Juan Manuel Marquez.


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Filipino pugs face no patsies in United States slugfest By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 17, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Tony Aldeguer (right) with son Michael (left) and WBO lightflyweight champion Donnie Nietes. Joaquin Henson


MANILA, Philippines – ALA stable owner Tony Aldeguer won’t be at the StubHub Center in Carson City, California, for the first-ever Filipino boxing promotion in the US tonight (tomorrow morning, Manila time) but he’s closely monitoring developments of the historic venture from his home and office in Cebu.

Aldeguer would’ve flown to Carson City to witness “Pinoy 33 – Filipinos Contra Latinos” but had to stay behind because of business commitments. His son Michael, president of ALA Promotions, is taking care of things Stateside. Aldeguer’s wife Lou and sister Lally took a flight to Los Angeles yesterday to be at ringside for the show featuring WBO lightflyweight champion Donnie Nietes against Mexico’s Juan Alejo in the main event.

“Michael is in charge of sales, marketing and promotions,” said Aldeguer. “I just watch over the training of our fighters. This isn’t an easy business project. Initially, our plan was to hold small cards in San Diego and San Francisco preparatory to a big promotion in Los Angeles or Las Vegas. But Dubai came up last August so we delayed our entry into the US market. Before we knew it, the year was coming to a close and the opportunity to promote in Carson City came along so we decided to go for it.”

Aldeguer said the ALA Group found out soon enough how difficult it is to do a boxing promotion on its own in the US. “First, we had to fly over our staff to work on the project,” he said. “Then, the foreign fighters asked to be paid tax free so we had to add on the 30 percent tax for us to shoulder. We’re also not familiar with the US market. Donnie isn’t known to Americans. He’s not a Manny Pacquiao but we want to introduce him to American fans as an exciting fighter.”

In Dubai where ALA staged a successful second promotion last August, Aldeguer said only 50 percent of tickets had been sold two days before the show. “We know the mentality of the Filipino market,” he said. “The fans buy tickets at the last minute. Luckily, the Dubai show was jampacked on fight night and the stadium had a capacity of 5,000. We don’t know how we’ll do with ticket sales at the StubHub Center. Some friends from Las Vegas are driving to Carson City to watch and I’m told Filipinos in Los Angeles are coming in full force to support our fighters. This is a 100 percent Filipino venture. Top Rank isn’t involved. We’re doing this on our own and we’re grateful to ABS-CBN for its support through The Filipino Channel. This wouldn’t be possible without the backing of ABS-CBN.”

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Aldeguer said he’s watching the fights live on SkyCable starting at 7 tomorrow morning. The feed is free of charge. “The boys are all hyped up and ready for the fights,” he said. “Their training has been great. In Manila, we find it difficult to bring over high-quality fighters on a regular basis but in the US, tough opponents are lining up for us. There are no patsies in the show. I realize it’s a gamble particularly for our unbeaten prospects but this is a test. I’ve always believed it’s better to lose early in your career than later.”

Aside from Nietes, the other ALA fighters in the card are unbeaten superbantamweight “Prince” Albert Pagara, unbeaten featherweight Mark Magsayo and superlightweight Jason Pagara. Albert, 21, has a 24-0 record with 17 KOs and faces Nicaragua’s William Gonzalez whose mark is 27-5 with 23 KOs. Magsayo, 20, totes an 11-0 slate and takes on Mexico’s Yardley Suarez who’s also undefeated with a 13-0 record including 8 KOs. It’s Magsayo’s first fight overseas. Jason, 23, is 36-2 with 22 KOs and battles Nicaragua’s Santos Benavides whose record is 25-7-2 with 19 KOs.

“Magsayo is one of the most talented and athletic fighters in our gym today,” said Aldeguer. “He’s got a bright future but he’s up against an unbeaten Mexican with knockout power. Magsayo is still young, quite immature. He may be more skilled and talented than Jason or Albert but what I like about the Pagara brothers is they know how to win. Magsayo is explosive and sensational. I’m anxious to find out how he’ll do against Suarez.”

As for Albert, Aldeguer said depending on how he performs against Gonzalez, the Prince may be up against Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. of Puerto Rico or Mexican legend Fernando Montiel next. “I don’t think fighting (Guillermo) Rigondeaux is an option at the moment,” said Aldeguer. “Not too many fighters are willing to face Rigondeaux. Both Vazquez and Montiel are former world champions so either could be a good test for Albert looking forward to a title shot.”

Aldeguer said Jason is in a tough division where the likes of Viktor Postol, Ruslan Provodnikov and Lucas Matthysee campaign. “It’s important that Jason has focus,” he said. “When he fought (Rosbel) Montoya in 2011, he lost because he wasn’t focused. Jason had personal problems. But he got back on track to beat Montoya in a rematch. What’s next for Jason will depend on his performance against Benavides.”


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ALA boxers, foes ready to rumble By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 17, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Donnie Nietes stands close to Juan Alejo during the press conference. Abac Cordero

CARSON, California – The fighters stood face to face Thursday noon and looked ready to rumble for Pinoy Pride 33: Philippines vs the World at the StubHub Center here.

Donnie Nietes, the only reigning Filipino world champion today, stared at his challenger from Mexico, Juan “Pinky” Alejo, during the press conference at the Carson Civic Center.

The three other boxers from the ALA stable of Cebu, Albert Pagara, Mark Magsayo and Jason Pagara, also met their opponents from Nicaragua and Mexico for the first time.

“It’s time. It’s showtime,” said the 33-year-old Nietes, who will put his WBO light-flyweight crown on the line against the obscure fighter from Mexico.

Nietes will have a lot more at stake Saturday evening (Sunday noon in Manila), including his reputation as the longest reigning Pinoy champion.

The soft-spoken native of Negros Occidental has been world champion since 2007, and hasn’t lost a fight since 2004, racking up 21 straight victories.

Alejo said he’s here to take it all away from Nietes.

“But I prepared hard for this fight. I’m excited to fight him. I like to fight here for the Filipinos. If I get the chance I will knock him out,” said Nietes.

Alejo applauded from his chair as Nietes was introduced during the press conference.

“I know Nietes is a complete boxer and he’s one of the best. But I’m also ready to put up a good fight for 12 rounds,” said the Mexican.

At 2 p.m. Friday, they will meet again during the official weigh-in at the Carson Civic Center, where a bronze statue of the Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, stands.

Albert Pagara, undefeated in 24 fights with 17 knockouts, will defend his IBF Inter-Continental super-bantamweight crown against Nicaragua’s William Gonzales.

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His older brother, Jason Pagara, faces Santos Benavides, also of Nicaragua, while Mark Magsayo, also young and undefeated as a pro, will have Yardley Suarez of Mexico as opponent.

Bruno Escalante, a Filipino now based in San Francisco, locks horns with Mexico’s Nestor Ramos in the opening bout of the card presented by ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN.

Magsayo, 11-0 with nine knockouts, provided the fireworks during the press conference.

Suarez, also undefeated in 13 fights, said the fight could be over in just a couple of rounds.

“We will see during the fight. But in this fight, I’m sure that there will be a knockout,” said Magsayo.

“I really hope the fight won’t get to 10 rounds,” said Suarez, who will challenge the 20-year-old Filipino for the IBF Youth featherweight title.

The Pagara brothers also faced threats of a knockout from their respective opponents but opted to keep their cards close to their chest.

“Hindi ako magsasalita ng tapos (I will not jump into conclusions). Makikita niyo na lang (But you will see),” said Albert.


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No Freddie, no problem SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 16, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


By Joaquin M. Henson

Freddie Roach won’t be in Brian Viloria’s corner when the Hawaiian Punch battles unbeaten WBC flyweight champion Roman (Chocolatito) Gonzalez of Nicaragua in a scheduled 12-round title fight at the Madison Square Garden in New York City tomorrow night (Sunday morning, Manila) but his absence isn’t an issue.

Viloria’s manager Gary Gittelsohn told The Star yesterday the strategy is laid out and Roach’s chief assistant Marvin Somodio will work the corner with long-time cutman Ruben Gomez.

“Freddie has been very helpful in getting Brian ready for this fight,” said Gittelsohn in a text message. “He was with Brian throughout his camp. The strategy is in place and Brian is prepared to execute it. Freddie’s right hand man Marvin is a marvellous trainer who works brilliantly with Brian – they’re fully on the same wavelength. I feel terrific about their connection and the makeup of the corner with Ruben. If I’ve learned anything over our years together, it’s that no one responds to great challenges better than Brian.”

Roach decided yesterday to stay in Los Angeles and forego the trip to New York. He’s busy working with WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and WBA cruiserweight titlist Denis Lebedev at the Wild Card Gym. Cotto is slated to face Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas on Nov. 21 while Lebedev will stake his crown against Lateef Kayode in Kazan, Russia, on Nov. 4.

“One of us has to stay behind to take care of Cotto and Lebedev,” said Somodio. “Brian is confident. He has power with both hands. How the fight will end could depend on which fighter is able to land the cleaner shots. Brian can win this. His training was excellent. I don’t think there’s reason to worry. Brian is prepared and knows what he has to do to win.”

Gittelsohn said Viloria is ready for the biggest fight of his career. “I’m excited and so is Brian,” he said. “He’s ripped and in the best shape of his life, already on weight and ready to step on the scale. Gonzalez has never faced a fighter like Brian and I’m confident Brian’s superior speed and power will rule the day. The fight has the makings of ‘greatness’ all over it.”

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If Viloria dethrones Gonzalez, he will duplicate what another Filipino did to another Gonzalez in Los Angeles in 1990. Rolando Pascua halted Mexico’s Humberto (Chiquita) Gonzalez in the sixth round to wrest the WBC flyweight crown, dealing the loser his first defeat ever as an amateur or pro. Roman Gonzalez has never been beaten as an amateur or pro so Viloria could be the spoiler that Pascua was to Chiquita.

There were several other Filipinos who won the world flyweight title in dramatic fashion. Pancho Villa disposed of British legend Jimmy Wilde in seven rounds to claim the world flyweight crown before over 40,000 fans at the Polo Grounds in New York in 1923. Bernabe Villacampo outpointed Japanese hero Hiroyuki Ebihara to take the WBA flyweight diadem in Osaka in 1969. Erbito Salvarria knocked out Thai legend Chartchai Chionoi to snatch the WBC flyweight diadem in Bangkok in 1970.

Frank Cedeno took a trip to London to halt Charlie Magri in six for the WBC flyweight plum in 1983. Dodie Boy Peñalosa went to Incheon to stop Korean Hi Sup Shin in the fifth round for the IBF flyweight belt in 1987. Rolando Bohol decisioned Korean Chang Ho Choi to capture the IBF flyweight title at the Rizal Memorial baseball stadium in 1988.

Manny Pacquiao put Thai favorite Chatchai Sasakul down for the count in the eighth for the WBC flyweight title in Phuttamonthon in 1998. Malcolm Tuñacao knocked out Medgeon 3-K Battery in seven for the WBC flyweight crown in Udon Thani in 2000. Sonny Boy Jaro stopped Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in six to take the WBC flyweight belt in Chonburi in 2012.

Viloria himself has carved a place in Philippine flyweight boxing history by capturing the WBO version at Julio Cesar Miranda’s expense in 2011 and adding the WBA belt at Hernan Marquez’ expense a year later.

Viloria, 34, has held the WBC/IBF lightflyweight and WBA/WBO flyweight titles but is now without a throne. Gonzalez, 28, has won world championships as a minimumweight, lightflyweight and flyweight and is currently The Ring Magazine’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter. The Nicaraguan has won his last nine outings by knockout and his record is a frightening 43-0, including 37 KOs. Viloria has won 10 of his last 11 bouts to raise his record to 36-4, including 22 KOs.

“I’m more confident than ever but I need to be smart and physical in the fight,” said Viloria. “One thing that will lead me to victory is to put pressure and push Roman back.” Will it be the end of the Roman Empire? Will the Hawaiian Punch go down in history as the first man ever to defeat Gonzalez?


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