“Little Pacquiao” returns to the ring at Pinoy Pride 35
Santino Honasan on Feb 27, 2016 04:28 PM
“Yun ang advantage ko talaga, experienced na ako atsaka veterans na ako. Parang nadaanan ko na din lahat ng paghihirap ng paglaban. Malulupit din yung mga kalaban ko noon..." - Florante "Little Pacquiao" Condes
Saturday’s Pinoy Pride 35 card will feature a handful of the country’s young boxing talents, headline by the likes of “Prince” Albert Pagara and Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo, among others.
Somewhere within the fight card entitled “Stars of The Future” though, is a slugger that has seen his star shine once, a star that many hardcore Pinoy boxing fans would recognize. Now, former IBO and IBF World Minimumweight title contender Florante “Little Pacquiao” Condes wants to jumpstart his boxing career and see his star shine yet again.
A veteran since 2002 Condes is a 37-bout veteran and boasts a 27-9-1 professional record, but his last trip to the ring was back in July of 2014, a unanimous decision loss in Japan.
“Nagpahinga talaga ako eh, nanganak yung misis ko din, kaya nagpahinga muna ako,” Condes told ABS-CBN Sports. “Pero tuloy-tuloy pa din naman yung pa-pawis ko.”
During the pre-fight presser, Condes was all smiles and simply looked to be genuinely happy to be back to what he loves doing best, and that’s fighting.
“Wala naman akong problema, okay naman na ang lahat, kaya sabi ko lalaban ulit ako. Yun naman talaga yung gusto ko eh, makabalik ako.”
At 35 years old and 37 bouts in, Condes the most experienced fighter on the card and pressure no longer seems to be an issue for the former world title contender.
“Wala na eh, normal na lang sa akin ‘to eh. Basta para sa akin, laban na. Wala na yung mga kung ano-ano. “
The experience is also what he says gives him the edge against opponent Melvin “Gringo” Jerusalem, who only has eight bouts to his name so far.
“Yun ang advantage ko talaga, experienced na ako atsaka veterans na ako. Parang nadaanan ko na din lahat ng paghihirap ng paglaban. Malulupit din yung mga kalaban ko noon, kaya normal na lang sa akin ‘to.”
Condes still hopes to one day fight his way back to a world title shot, and the first step to that is his return fight on Saturday, against a young upstart in ALA Boxing’s Jerusalem.
“Yun talaga yung hinahangad ko, yung maka-balik ako ulit.”
When asked why he goes by the monicker “Little Pacquiao” though, Condes says that he really has no idea.
“Ay hindi ko po alam. Hindi ko naman talaga alam ‘yan eh, basta narinig ko na lang na ganun. Sila naman yung naglalagay niyan eh, nagulat na lang ako at ‘Little Pacquiao’ na.” Condes said with a chuckle.