IBF world super-flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas is always compared to Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao, oftentimes equating his overwhelming speed and power. But the young champ really has a huge boxing shoes to fill.
“Pretty Boy” Ancajas fights Israel Gonzalez on February 3, and a devastating performance would compare him more to the fighting senator. Ancajas believes that following the path of the eight-division world champion will be very difficult.
“For my part I just do whatever I can to get even just a little closer to Sir Manny’s level,” Ancajas told BoxNation. “Yes, it is so hard and I feel very pressured with people saying that I will follow in the footsteps of Sir Manny, we all know that it will take years before anyone can follow in Sir Manny’s footsteps.”
He said he will just do whatever he can to get even just a little closer to Pacquiao’s level.
“They say that I will be the next Manny, so I try to be diligent in my training so when the time comes they will not get disappointed.” The 26-year-old champion did not stop from hoping to fight big name boxers, including Naoya Inoue, who is said to be moving up to his bantamweight division.
“I want Naoya Inoue, he is the number one, a dream opponent because he is the best. As a fighter…you always dream of going up against a good fighter.”
But, Ancajas must surmount Gonzalez first and make some big news on his debut in the US. “For me it is a very important fight because it will be my first fight in America,” said Ancajas.