Melindo hopes to follow Pacquiao's footsteps through world title win

Santino Honasan on Nov 25, 2016 03:22 PM
Melindo hopes to follow Pacquiao's footsteps
"Para sa akin, pag-makuha ko ‘to, isa siyang stepping stone para maging world champion and makasunod sa yapak ni Manny Pacquiao."

When Milan "El Metodico" Melindo steps into the ring on Saturday, it will be his third opportunity at a world title, and finally hopes to be able to bring home the gold after falling short the first two times. 

The third time could be the charm for the Cagayan de Oro native, who says that his past two opportunities have helped him prepare for this third crack at world championship gold. 

"Wala akong binago or i-adjust, may dinagdag lang ako, kasi yung dalawang world championship opportunities ko dati, madami akong natutunan," Melindo told ABS-CBN Sports. "Parang learning experience, madami akong natutunan sa kanila, so pagdating ng pangatlong opportunity ko ngayon, hindi na siya bago sa akin. Walang pressure, wala lahat. Ang goal is magiging world champion talaga."

And while a world title win not only puts Melindo in the record books of Philippine boxing, for him it becomes a culmination of what he's worked for all his life, and on a bigger stage, even sees it as an opening for bigger things, like following the path of arguably the best boxer to ever come out of the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao. 

"Para sa akin, pag-makuha ko ‘to, isa siyang stepping stone para maging world champion and makasunod sa yapak ni Manny Pacquiao."

"Si Manny Pacquiao kasi talaga ang nag-open ng boxing dito sa Pilipinas, na pwede kang sumikat sa ibang bansa." Melindo added. 

The 28-year old continued, saying that while there had been many others before Pacquiao, what the eight-division world champ did for the sport of boxing, especially in the Philppines, is unparralled. 

"Madami tayong boxers na nauna kay Manny Pacquiao, pero iba parin yung pinakita ni Manny Pacquiao para sa mga Pilipino na boxers. Siya talaga nag-open para yung boxing sa atin maging sikat."

Nonito Donaire Jr, Donnie Nietes, Johnriel Casimero, Marlon Tapales, and Jerwin Ancajas. These are just some of the men who have followed in Pacman's shoes and have brought home world titles. After Saturday, Melindo hopes to be in the same sentence as these decorated Pinoy pugilists.

 

Milan Melindo meets Thailand's Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. for the interim IBF light flyweight championship at Pinoy Pride 39: Road to Redemption on Saturday, November 26 at the Cebu Coliseum. Catch the telecast on Sunday, November 27, 3:30 PM on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 6:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23.

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