Ancajas on Pacquiao comparison: There's only one Sir Manny
MAGALLANES, Cavite -- World junior bantamweight king Jerwin Ancajas knows he has to come up with nothing but his best when he makes his US debut on February 3.
Ancajas has already fought in various locations such as Macau, Brisbane and Belfast, but it is in the US where fighters turn into superstars.
"Nakapaimportante ng labang ito, kasi malaki ang following ng boxing sa US," Ancajas said shortly before plunging into training on Saturday.
"Sabi ni coach, ito na ang pagkakataon natin. Kailangan maganda ang performance dahil iba ang taste ng mga Amerikano sa boxing."
Ancajas has been training for weeks at coach Joven Jimenez's Survival Camp in a secluded town in Magallanes, Cavite for his title defense against Mexico's Israel "Jiga" Gonzalez.
The fight, the first in his 3-fight contract with Top Rank Inc., will take place at American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas.
Although Gonzalez only has 8 stoppage victories in 21 wins, the camp of Ancajas is wary of the "mysterious" Mexican fighter.
Ancajas acknowledged that they have not seen much of his opponent's style because of lack of available fight video.
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"Iyong nakita lang namin sa kanya iyong video ng mga ensayo niya. Wala siya masyadong available na video sa YouTube," he said. "Kaya marami akong ka-sparring para handa kami kahit hindi namin nakita karamihan ng video niya."
Among his sparring partners at featherweights Pete Penitente and Alan Alberca, flyweight John Mark Alimane, junior welterweight Daniel Lim and bantamweight Ernesto Saulong.
Most fans believe the Panabo City-born fighter is fit to fill the throne of boxing great Manny Pacquiao.
Although flattered, Ancajas humbly downplayed the comparison between him and his idol.
"Kapag sinasabi nilang ako na ang next Manny Pacquiao siyempre natutuwa ako. Hindi rin basta iyong maihambing ka kay sir Manny," he said.
"Pero kasi para sa akin malayo pa ang pagdadaanan ko bago marating iyon."
Incidentally, Ancajas is also being promoted by Pacquiao's MP Promotions.
He said he learned a lot from his childhood idol.
"Sinabi niya sa kin na matuto akong maging mapagkumbaba kahit ano ang maabot ko sa boxing, sa buhay ko, maging mapagkumbaba palagi."
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