Pacquiao, young boxing stars Pagara, Magsayo would welcome chance to represent Philippines in Olympics
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 25, 2016 10:43 PM
"Gagawin ko 'yun para sa Pilipinas...karangalan yun eh." - Mark Magsayo
With news surfacing that professional boxers could becoming eligible to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics, we managed to ask two of this weekend’s Pinoy Pride 35 stars “Prince” Albert Pagara and Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo if they would like to represent the country in boxing if given the opportunity.
Obviously, these two young stars showed no hesitation in saying that they would happily do so.
“Gagawin ko ‘yun para sa Pilipinas,” said Magsayo. “Karangalan yun eh.”
The unbeaten 20-year old is currently the IBF Youth Featherweight champion, and has won by knockout in ten of his 12 professional wins. He defends his title against Mexico’s Eduardo “Fierita” Montoya in the co-main of Pinoy Pride 35 this Saturday.
“Oo naman!” exclaimed Pagara. “Kung gusto nila akong palaruin sa Olympics, oo naman. Maganda yun eh, para maka-representa sa Olympics ang mga Pinoy. Syempre gusto ko makalaban yung mga ibang bansa.”
The 22-year old Pagara is the reigning WBO Intercontinental Junior Featherweight Champion and is unbeaten in 25 professional bouts with 18 knockouts. He also puts his belt on the line in the main event of this weekend’s card.
Pagara and Magsayo, two of the future faces of Pinoy boxing, would no doubt do some damage in the World Games,
According to ABS-CBN News’ Dyan Castillejo, even surefire boxing hall of famer Manny Pacquiao, the country’s “Pambansang Kamao” is excited about the possibility of representing the Philippines in the World Games. The eight-division champion is more than willing to compete for the country’s first Olympic boxing gold medal.