Destructive Super-Flyweight Jerwin Ancajas is used to hearing comparisons with his idol Manny Pacquiao, but admits he still has a long way to go.
On February 3rd, he makes his US debut when he defends his IBF World Title against Israel Gonzalez in Texas, live on BoxNation.
Ancajas is co-promoted by Pacquiao himself and Bob Arum, who likened him to 'PacMan' when he first signed with Top Rank at the end of December.
"I am embarrassed sometimes to be compared to sir Manny because he is at a different level, I still have a lot to prove to be compared to him. Even though I have become a Champion, I cannot compare myself to sir Manny," he admitted to Ring TV.
"Those saying that I am the next Manny Pacquaio, they’re the ones putting pressure on me because it is hard to equal what sir Manny has achieved in boxing. Whatever else I can achieve with boxing, whatever I can reach with boxing, it will still not be the same as that of sir Manny."
BoxNation viewers had the pleasure of watching the 26-year-old on two occasions in 2017. Last July he took Teiru Kinoshita apart on the Pacquiao v Jeff Horn undercard, before stopping Jamie Conlan in November in Belfast.
His stance mirrors that of the eight-weight World Champion, and he was also born in the Mindanao region of the Philippines, just like Manny. However Ancajas' brutal work to the body is one attribute that makes him stand out.
"[Pacquiao’s] heart to win, I also want to apply that to myself," revealed 'Pretty Boy'. "I also want to become the best among boxers because I did not get into boxing just for the sake of being in boxing, I got into boxing because I wanted to be counted among the best."
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