ASSOCIATION of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) Executive Director Ed Picson believes that the Philippine boxers seeing action in 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea are at par with their rivals.
“We’re optimistic about the chances but can’t make any prediction,” Picson told The Manila Times via text message on Friday. “Our boxers are all in competitive form.”
Picson added that ABAP benefactor Manny Pangilinan who financed the team’s preparation is also willing to provide incentives for Filipino boxers who will win medals in the Asiad.
“Mr. Pangilinan is supporting and financing the team ever since but can’t reveal how much support he is giving,” he added.
A reliable source from the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company who requested anonymity revealed that an Asiad gold medal winner will receive P3 million pesos, a silver medalist P1 million and a bronze medalist P750,000 from Pangilinan.
Former Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga (light flyweight), Charly Suarez (lightweight), Dennis Galvan (light welterweight), and Wilfredo Lopez (middleweight) are the members of the men’s team, while Nesthy Petecio (flyweight) and Josie Gabuco (lightweight) compose the women’s team.
Filipino boxers are aiming to duplicate the gold medal finish of flyweight Rey Saludar in 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.