MANILA, Philippines – Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao’s morale received a big boost after he was paid a visit by fellow boxing legends Gerry Peñalosa and Luisito Espinosa in his camp in Los Angeles.
Espinosa, who ruled the 118 and 126-pound divisions from the late 1980s to early 1990s, said he was glad to see Pacquiao again.
“Na miss ko 'yung samahan namin nu'ng araw,” Espinosa told ABS-CBN North America News Bureau’s Steve Angeles.
Espinosa, nicknamed “Lindol” (earthquake), was once the toast of Philippine boxing when he held the WBA bantamweight and WBC featherweight titles.
He is currently based in the US, where he works as a boxing trainer for mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters and boxing enthusiasts.
He retired from boxing in 2005.
Espinosa predicted that Pacquiao will come out victorious in his June 9 fight against Timothy Bradley.
“Itong laban na ito na darating sure na mananalo siya,” said the Filipino legend.
Peñalosa, also former two-time world champion, even jogged with Pacquiao at the Griffith Park in Los Angeles.
He said he and Espinosa were there to root for Pacquiao.
“Oo, 'yan ang sadya natin dito na makapanood ng live bilang suporta. I think magkasama kami (Luisito), ‘di lang kami pati 'yung ibang Pilipino dito, talagang binibigyan ng lakas ang congressman natin sa laban kay Bradley,” said the counter punching specialist from Negros
Peñalosa was the former WBC super flyweight and the WBO bantamweight champion.
After a colorful boxing career that spanned 21 years, he retired from boxing following a farewell fight against Yodsaenkeng Kietmangmee in 2010.
He said it was an honor to be with Pacquiao and Espinosa.
“Isang karangalan ko na makasama ko sila sa isang lugar. Proud na proud ako.”