Geje Eustaquio buoyed by Manny Pacquiao's latest conquest
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 24, 2019 09:52 AM
“It motivates us, because of course, Manny Pacquiao is one of our idols,” - Geje Eustaquio
Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio was one of the millions of Filipinos around the world glued to their television when boxing's lone eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao took on Keith Thurman this past weekend at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
At 40 years old, Pacquiao proved that he could defeat the young, unbeaten pugilist in Thurman. He knocked down his American foe in the first round, then managed to hurt him in the tenth with a hard left hand to the body.
"Manny is still a legend, but age played a vital role this time in the latter rounds," said the Team Lakay star.
“But I don’t think he’s fading at all. He’s still Manny, especially with his movements and strategies.”
The Filipino boxing icon ultimately walked away with a split decision victory after twelve grueling rounds - but not without showing signs of age after he visually took his foot off the pedal to slow the pace in the middle rounds.
“The only thing that I’ve noticed is his cardio may have dipped. Age definitely plays a huge factor,” Eustaquio said.
Still, he finds it amazing that Pacquiao can compete on this level, at his stage of his career.
“It motivates us, because of course, Manny Pacquiao is one of our idols,” Eustaquio said.
“We’re motivated to pick up where left off and continue bringing glory to the Philippines. We want to do more and follow in his footsteps.”
Now that the Welterweight World Title bout between Pacquiao and Thurman is over, Filipinos have ONE: DAWN OF HEROES to look forward to on 2 August at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
Eustaquio is one of the five martial artists from Team Lakay slated to compete that evening. He is scheduled to lock horns with Yuya "Little Piranha" Wakamatsu in a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix alternate bout.
After seeing Pacquiao's triumph last Sunday, Eustaquio is more motivated to have his hand raised in victory on the night of 2 August.
“Just do your best and God will do the rest,” Eustaquio said. “I’m definitely more inspired and motivated for my next fight.”