LAS VEGAS, Nevada – After the traditional Wednesday press conference of the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez main event, undercard boxers strutted off their skills in an open media workout inside the MGM Grand lobby.
Dodie “Boy” Peñalosa, Michael Farenas and 24-year-old Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta will be taking on separate opponents on the undercard.
Gesta is going up against Mexican Jose Miguel Vazquez for the International Boxing federation (IBF) lightweight title.
Fans were all over Gesta as he signed autographs and graciously posed for photos before working out.
It has been Gesta’s dream to be given a shot at a title by Top Rank Inc. after 26 wins and no defeat.
“Pinapangarap ko na na ma-undercard in one of the big fights especially with Manny. He is Filipino, I’m Filipino and he has a big name… like a dream come true for me, this one, [so] I trained hard,” said the Cebu native.
“He is excited to be here and he is excited to bring it to the Filipinos not just to Cebu, but worldwide and in San Diego,” said Vince Parra, Gesta’s manager and coach.
Retired boxer and former Pacquiao opponent “Sugar” Shane Mosley was impressed by Gesta’s boxing skills.
“He switches up real good too I watched him. He has great foot work, I’ve been impressed from day one when I sparred with him,” said Mosley.
Nevada senator wishes Pacquiao good luck
Meanwhile, US Nevada senator and majority floor leader Harry Reid wished the “Pacman” good luck.
In a letter sent to ABS-CBN, the senator said he is not only impressed by Pacquiao’s toughness inside the ring but also praised the Filipino boxer for his public service.
He said Pacquiao is truly a “People’s Champ.”
“As a congressman, he isn't in public service for fame or glory or money, but because he knows people need his voice. Manny is a true friend of Nevada’s, whether he’s training or fighting in our state," Reid said.
“His sport is a major player in our state’s economic arena and I, along with millions of others around the world, look forward to a great fight,” said Reid, adding that Pacquiao’s presence in the Silver State generates millions of dollars in revenue.