IBF World Super-Flyweight Champion Jerwin Ancajas shares many similarities with Filipino all-time great Manny Pacquiao, with devastating power and speed, but he has some big boots to fill.
Ancajas admitted to Rappler how difficult it will be to follow the eight-weight World Champion. “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.”
For ‘Pretty Boy’, an eye-catching win over Israel Gonzalez on February 3rd will only fuel the comparisons to Filipino Senator: “For my part I just do whatever I can to get even just a little closer to Sir Manny'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 has his own aspirations though, chasing the big names, including Naoya Inoue, who may be moving up to Bantamweight.
“[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.”
However, Ancajas must get past Gonzalez and make a statement on his US debut. “For me it is a very important fight because it will be my first fight in America,” said Ancajas. “People in America have a different way of choosing a boxer to follow so I have to impress them with a win!”
Watch Jerwin Ancajas defend his World Title against Israel Gonzalez on February 3rd alongside Gilberto Ramirez v Habib Ahmed, live on BoxNation.