MANILA, Philippines – Filipino veteran fighter Gerry “Fearless” Peñalosa, who lost in his Pinoy Power 3 bout last month via split decision, is set to announce his plans for his professional career soon.
“I will give my official statement within the next few weeks,” said the 38-year-old boxer in his “Fearless” column on PhilBoxing.com.
Peñalosa, 37, was defeated by Eric “Little Hands of Steel” Morel of Puerto Rico last February 13 at the Las Vegas Hilton.
The scores were 115-113 and 116-112 in favor of Morel and 115-113 in favor of Peñalosa.
“The decision given by the judges was not in my favor but what keeps my spirits high was that many people sent messages telling me that I have made a valiant stand and I never backed down from the fight even if I had been bumped in the head twice and received some low blows more than twice,” he wrote.
Some even said that the Filipino veteran should have won over the Puerto Rican. These included his trainer, Freddie Roach, and fellow boxer, 7-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.
“Talagang panalo si Gerry,” Pacquiao said in an interview with ABS-CBN Sports commentators Ronnie Nathanielsz and Dyan Castillejo. “Lamang siya ng pitong (7) rounds.”
Peñalosa (54-8-2, with 36 KOs) added, “To those who believed that I am the winner even if the judges favored against me, Maraming maraming salamat!”
He mentioned that he is aware of all the hazards of his profession and has taken all the things thrown his way positively.
Peñalosa is currently spending quality time with his wife, Goody, and children, JC and Jullienne, noting that they are his “constant source of strength and inspiration.”
He said he plans to bring his kids to Disneyland when he returns to the US this month to watch Pacquiao’s bout against Joshua Clottey of Ghana on March 13.
Pacquiao and his wife, Jinkee, watched Peñalosa at the Pinoy Power 3 event in Las Vegas.
He then thanked the Pacquiao couple in his column: “To my Kumpare, Manny Pacquiao who was with me at the Wild Card Gym throughout the training… His wife, Jinkee, arrived from Manila and watched the fight with Manny. I am very grateful because she kept her promise to Goody to watch the fight.”
According to Peñalosa, the Pacquiaos hired a private plane which brought them to Las Vegas and took them back to Los Angeles after the fight.
He also thanked the other people who supported him in his latest fight. He expressed his gratitude to God, his family, friends, fans, manager, trainers and the media.
“I am lucky I got to work with them,” Peñalosa said of Roach and conditioning coach Alex Ariza.
Prior to his loss to Morel, Peñalosa was defeated by another Puerto Rican, World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez, via technical knockout last April.