Ana Julaton while doing some shadowboxing.
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-American fighter Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton looks up to her fellow boxer Manny Pacquiao as one of her biggest inspirations.
The former world boxing champion said Pacquiao’s rise from poverty to global superstardom has made her believe that everything’s possible, as long as she keeps faith in herself.
“He's definitely a big inspiration for me, just knowing his background is just inspiring. Just to know that things can be done the more you believe in yourself just like he did,” said Julaton, who will be making her mixed martial arts (MMA) debut against Aya Saber in ONE FC: Rise of Heroes this Friday.
During her guesting on Wednesday’s "Hardball," the Filipino-American said she saw Pacquiao’s rematch against Timothy Bradley wherein the fighting congressman reclaimed his WBO welterweight title.
Julaton was pleased to have a few minutes with the eight-division world champion before the bout.
“I watched the last fight, I got to see him and wished him well,” she said while smiling. “He did fantastic.”
Julaton said she hopes to duplicate Pacquiao’s successes in MMA and even in boxing.
The 33-year-old will test her mettle against a more experienced Saber, who already has five bouts as an MMA professional.
Julaton is expected to use every ounce of her experience in boxing even as she promised to employ the skills she picked up as a martial artist.
When things start to become difficult in the cage, she said she’ll only need to think of one thing. “When things get tough, you just have to think of Manny.”