Albert Pagara: “There’s never going to be another Manny Pacquiao”

Santino Honasan on Jul 05, 2016 05:24 PM
Albert Pagara: “There’s never going to be another Pacquiao
“I’m Prince Albert and he is Manny Pacquiao.”

Since Manny Pacquiao retired last April, people have been in a hurry to label anyone and everyone as “The next Manny Pacquiao.” 

Let’s face it. World titles in eight divisions? 56 career wins? 38 career knockouts? That’s a pretty tough resume to replicate, but looking at the crop of young talent that the Philippines has, it’s really not far off that we see someone do, or even surpass what Pacquiao did. 

Among the names that have been touted as the “next” are ALA Boxing standouts Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo and “Prince” Albert Pagara. 

And if you look at these two’s professional records, you’d know why experts are so high on the hard-hitting Pinoy pugs: unbeaten in a combined 40 fights, and 29 knockout wins between the two of them. 

Pagara (26-0-0, 18 KO), who’s preparing for arguably his biggest fight, against Mexican former world title challenger Cesar Juarez (17-5-0, 13KO) this coming July 9 (July 10, Manila time), would beg to differ though. 

“I don’t compare myself to him because there’s never going to be another Manny Pacquiao” the 22-year old Leyte native told Fightnews.com’s Byron Spurlock. “No one is ever going to surpass or achieve what he has done in boxing for the Philippines.”

Brash in the ring yet humble out of it, Pagara went on to say that from a boxing standpoint, he doesn’t compare himself to the eight-division champ. Instead, he sees Pacquiao as a role model of sorts. 

“He is my inspiration and what keeps me motivated on what we as a people can become in this sport.”

“There isn’t anything to compare for. I’m not even close to Manny. He has accomplished so much.” Pagara added.

Instead, Pagara would rather build a name for his own, and this bleach blonde-haired bomber is slowly putting the world on notice. 

“I’m Prince Albert and he is Manny Pacquiao.”

Should he manage to score an impressive win over Juarez this weekend, the world will surely know who “Prince Albert” is. 

 

“Prince” Albert Pagara puts his  WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Championship on the line against Mexico’s Cesar Juarez at  Pinoy Pride 37: Fists of the Future on Saturday, July 9th at the San Mateo Events Center in San Mateo, California. 

 

Full interview up on Fightnews.com

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