Expectations are high for Jerwin Ancajas in his fight over the weekend because of the two accomplished Filipino boxers that came before him.
Fight analyst Dennis Principe said Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. have set the bar so high that Ancajas would have to be nothing short of spectacular when he makes his US debut and defends his world junior-bantamweight title against Mexico’s Israel Gonzalez.
There's no question that Ancajas possesses refined technical skills inside the ring, but it's an action-oriented attack, Pacquiao and Donaire's signature style, not a boxing clinic that will capture the attention of the American market.
“We're talking of a crowd and environment na very critical sa mga current champions . . . Kasi nasanay sila sa mga Manny Pacquiao, mga Nonito Donaire Jr. and those two superstars, kababayan ni Jerwin so it's imperative for him to look really good and devastating sa laban na ito,” Principe explained.
“'Yung sweet science of boxing kasi parang kaunti na lang ang nag-a-appreciate sa US. Kung mayroon man, it is not that formidable pagdating sa gates and pay-per-view market.
“(Ancajas) needs to give what the people there what the people there would like to see, so blood and guts talaga.”
Principe also said that Ancajas being compared to Pacquiao and Donaire is inevitable.
“Initially, magkakaroon ng comparison but in trying to analyze ‘yung skill ni Ancajas, he's a combination of power and ability, he can be a different animal but it will take some time,” the fight pundit said.
“Pero kay Jerwin nakikita ko mayroon siyang potential to build a name for himself.
“He's not the next Manny Pacquiao, he's not the next Donaire or any other Filipino great, he is Jerwin Ancajas.”
Meanwhile, Ancajas and Gonzalez faced off before the media on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) with the Mexican trying to scare the Filipino during their stare-down.
But the Filipino champion wasn’t bothered. He maintained his cool, stared back at his opponent, who later dropped his stare.
In the press conference, Ancajas said he never gets nervous when it comes to fighting.
"I don't gets nervous when it comes to fighting, I get nervous at events like this when I face the media,” he said in Pilipino.
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