ULTIMATE Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight fighter Urijah “The California Kid” Faber said he idolizes Manny Pacquiao because of the Filipino ring icon’s exciting boxing skills and down to earth attitude.
Faber, 34, who is currently in Manila for a 10-day promotional and seminar tour said that since he was a child, he really loves boxing and admires several world champions among them Iron Mike Tyson, Tommy Morrison and Prince Naseem Hamed.
But he said the eighth weight division world champion Pacquiao is a cut above the rest.
“I love Manny Pacquiao. He fights very fast, very strong and very exciting,” Faber told The Manila Times during his public workout at the Ultimate Fitness Gym in Metro Walk, Pasig City. “You know what I love about him is the attitude. He is very humble and good.”
Asked about his prediction on the upcoming rematch between Pacquiao and American Timothy Bradley on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Faber said that he always put his bet on Pacquiao.”
“The only thing for Manny to lose is if he gets caught and rocked by Bradley, but that’s not possible to happen,” said Faber. “I also believe that Manny is really in good fighting condition although I haven’t seen him yet. But I’m pretty sure he is. He is very dedicated in training.”
Faber, who holds a 37-7 win-loss record, is a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter with a good wrestling background. He relies mostly on grappling techniques beating 17 of his opponents by submission.
“Wrestling is my main foundation as a fighter and I’m doing that since I was 12 or 13 years old,” said Faber, who also said that he previously worked with Filipino-American UFC middleweight fighter Mark Muñoz to hone his wrestling skills. My advise to those who like to have a long successful career in the MMA, you have to work hard and smarter.”
“I’m very happy to stay here in the Philippines for the first time. People talk in English that’s why it’s not hard and I also love the foods,” he added.