Farenas faces former Pacquiao foe

 Michael Farenas FILE PHOTO

Michael Farenas FILE PHOTO

FILIPINO Michael Farenas will fight Mexican Hector Velasquez today for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Asian Boxing Council super featherweight belt at The Arena in San Juan City.

Farenas (37-4-4 win-loss-draw card with 29 knockouts), who beat Jesus Rios of Mexico last year, said he’s aiming for a knockout against Velazquez (56-20-3 slate with 38 KOs), a former opponent of eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.

“I’m ready to fight and I will do my best to knock him out but I’m pretty sure that he will be a tough nut to crack since Velasquez is a quality opponent,” said Farenas.

The Mexican pug fought Pacquiao back in 2005 at the Staple Center in Los Angeles, California and absorbed a technical knockout loss from the Filipino ring icon in round six.

Gerry Peñalosa, a former world champion, who currently manages Farenas, believes that the Sorsogon native boxer has improved a lot since the night he defeated Rios last year.

“I’m optimistic Farenas will score a convincing win on Friday,” said Peñalosa. “But I keep reminding him to be cautious.”

In the undercard, Dave Peñalosa (7-0-0, 5 KOs) faces Mexican Alem Robles (6-4-2, 2 KOs).


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