Since its inception in 2010, the Pinoy Pride franchise has become a huge platform for Filipino boxers to showcase their talents against some of the best talent all over the world. It has made household names out of the likes of AJ “Bazooka” Banal, Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista, Milan “El Metodico” Melindo, and of course, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, who recently surpassed Gabriel “Flash” Elorde as the Philippines’ longest reigning boxing champion.
Now in its 29th edition, Pinoy Pride continues to give up-and-coming Pinoy sluggers a chance to display their skills in front of boxing fans all over the world.
At Pinoy Pride 29 this Saturday, the likes of Jason “El Nino” Pagara, Genesis “Azukal” Servania, and “King” Arthur Villanueva have a chance to boost their stock even more, while a new breed of warriors like Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo and Arjan “Spartan” Canillas have the opportunity to introduce themselves to the boxing world.
This, after all, is what ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN envisioned with the Pinoy Pride event.
ALA President Michael Aldeguer believes that in terms of boxing, the Philippines is at par with Mexico, thanks to the success that Manny Pacquiao has achieved. Of course, it should not stop there.
“Right now, you need the fighters to be able to reach their full potential, and that’s the reason why Pinoy Pride is here.” Aldeguer told ABS-CBN Sports. “Our plan with ABS-CBN is to work with the young fighters and develop them.”
Aldeguer also said that they’ve begun to break in to the United States to look for new avenues of experience for the Filipino fighters, something that their Mexican counterparts have had access to for years.
“The thing with Mexico, the advantage that they have is that they’re just across the border and it makes them confident to see what’s out there. Our kids from here have that mentality that it’s far-fetched. Now, with the plan of ALA Boxing and the ALA Group to get our license, which we finally did, and hopefully we’re able to do something in May just to put the world nearer. Fighters like Magsayo, Pagara, and Villanueva, these young fighters will now believe that it can be done. And we’re very excited. I think that I will define a lot for Filipino boxing.”
Should Pagara and Magsayo emerge victorious at Pinoy Pride 29, Aldeguer already plans to put the two ALA standouts on their first ever United States card later in the year, which will once again be an enormous step towards the further development of Filipino boxing.
Catch Pinoy Pride 29: Fists of Fury this Sunday, February 8, 10:45 am on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 9:00 pm on ABS-CBN Sports + Action channel 23!