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Pacquiao nation: A force to be reckoned with
Juan Diaz fires back at Malignaggi and DiBella; calls DiBella a second rate promoter
It used to be that America, Mexico, and Puerto Rico were the three headed monster in the world of boxing. Of course many nations produced great fighters, but mainly it was America, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. America had the heavyweight division locked up with names such as Ali, Norton, Holmes, Foreman, Marciano, Louis, and more. Mexico had the lighter divisions locked up with names such as, Morales, Barrera, Chavez, and of course many more. Puerto Rico had greats like Camacho, Trinidad, and more recently, Miguel Cotto.
The Philippines produced some great fighters as well, but recently they have stormed onto the scene. Starting with the emergence of Manny Pacquiao, the kid from General Santos City has risen from selling smokes on the streets, to international stardom. Through his success he has paved the way for an exciting group of prize fighters making The Philippines a force to be reckoned with. The growing list of Filipino prospects, contenders, and champions is very impressive and only stands to grow in size.
In 2007, Nonito Donaire put himself on the map by blasting the arrogant and cocky Vic Darchinyan into REM state. With that being said, this writer is still confused as to why BoxRec.com has Nonito Donaire listed as the number 2 super flyweight behind Darchinyan. Nevertheless, Donaire forced everyone to take notice that he was another Filipino that cannot be ignored.
Recently, a new Filipino star has emerged. Super flyweight world champion Marvin Sonsoma grabbed his first world title with a unanimous decision over Jose Lopez. He has star quality and may very well be the next Filipino great that can inject himself into the American boxing mainstream.
One great Filipino world champion unfortunately has been the victim of Pacquiao's immense star power, and that's Gerry Penalosa. Gerry has been doing his thing in the ring since 1989, and truly is "fearless" so the ring name suits him perfectly. With the fame and success of Pacquiao, Penalosa's success has been in the shadow some. The true boxing fan however, truly appreciates his warrior mentality, and grit in the ring.
There are many more Filipino's that are contending for world titles, and some that are rising prospects. Recently Rodel Mayol made two efforts to grab a world title, but came up short against Ivan Calderon due to back to back head clashes. It looks as if he gets another title shot for the WBC light flyweight belt against Edgar Sosa in November.
These are just a few examples of how The Philippines have really grown into a boxing powerhouse. Manny Pacquiao has opened up the doors for some very exciting and gifted fighters. Move over boxing world, there is a new sheriff in town.
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