"On Saturday, it will be his ending." - Parra to Nietes
Santino Honasan on Mar 25, 2015 04:23 PM
With only a few days away from Pinoy Pride 30 this coming Saturday, main event opponents Gilberto "Parrita" Parra and William Prado have made it clear that they're ready for their Pinoy adversaries and that they will be putting on a show for the Filipino crowd.
Mexico's Parra will be challenging WBO World Flyweight Champion Donnie "Ahas" Nietes in the main event and says that for him, going up against the longest reigning Filipino boxing champion is a big opportunity.
"It’s a big responsibility, because it’s a big opportunity for me. A win in this fight will put me in the elite of boxing, so it’s a big responsibility, and I’m well prepared for the fight."
Parra will be fighting in the Philippines for the first time in his 22-fight career, and while he will be surely competing in front of a partisan Filipino crowd, the Sonora, Mexico native says that he feels no pressure going into the bout.
“I feel very excited for this fight, I don’t feel any kind of pressure because I’m very well prepared with my trainer so we are giving a good fight for the Filipino fans. We’re very well prepared. There is no pressure in me.”
And while he did not provide an outright prediction of the fight, the challenger had some fighting words for the Filipino champion.
"To Nietes, everything in boxing has an ending, and on Saturday, it will be his ending.”
In the co-main event, Brazil's William Prado will be taking on former five-division World Champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire for the vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Championship. This marks the first time the Donaire will be competiing in the Philippines since defeating Raul Martinez in 2009.
“I respect him [Donaire] a lot, I’m ready to give a good fight, I hope to give a good fight.” Prado told ABS-CBN Sports.
This will also be the first time competing in the Philippines for Prado, but it seems as though that he's already enjoyed his stay so far.
“Yeah, it’s a pleasure for me to fight here, I’m liking everything here. The Philippines is good. I love the Philippines."
Pinoy Pride 30: D-Day will take place on March 28, Saturday, 6 pm at the Araneta Coliseum and will be televised on March 29, Sunday, 9:45 am on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 9 pm on ABS-CBN Sports+Action channel 23.
Tickets are available at Ticketnet outlets.