Filipino boxers aim for sweep in ‘Pinoy Power III’


Posted at Feb 14 2010 12:57 AM | Updated as of Aug 05 2010 03:32 AM

MANILA , Philippines -- Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire, Bernabe Concepcion, Ciso Morales, and Gerry Peñalosa will be engaged in an all-out war on Valentine's Day.

The Filipino boxers are hoping for a sweep in "Pinoy Power III" which will be held Saturday (Sunday in Manila ). All of them made the weight Friday at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas for their respective fights.

Donaire will defend his WBA super flyweight interim champion title against Manuel Vargas of Mexico .

"I'm really committed in just going for it and not thinking about all the other stuff," Donaire said.

Donaire, The Ring Magazine's Top 6 pound-for-pound boxer, dominated Mexican Raul Martinez in April 2009, and outpointed Rafael "El Torito" Concepcion" of Panama 3 months later.

Donaire (22-1-0, 14KOs) weighed in at 115 pounds while Vargas (34-8-0, 26KOs) came in at 114 pounds.

Meanwhile, Bernabe Concepcion is ready to get back on track after a heartbreaking disqualification in the previous "Pinoy Power" last August due to a late blow he threw against Steven Luevano.

Concepcion, who trained hard at the Wild Card Gym for his fight against Mario Santiago, aims to follow the footsteps of his manager Manny Pacquiao.

"It's great to be training with him. When we get to share the ring, he teaches me footwork and gives me tips in fighting," Concepcion said.

Concepcion (27-3-1, 15 KOs) weighed in at 126 pounds while the Puerto Rican Santiago (21-1-1, 14 KOs ) came in at 126 pounds.

Ring veteran Gerry Peñalosa also takes inspiration from Pacquiao, his friend and idol.

Peñalosa (54-7-2, 36 KOs) came in at 118 pounds while his opponent, Puerto Rican Eric Morel (41-2-0, 21 KOs ), weighed 117 pounds.

The 37-year-old Filipino is confident he can still win his third belt by first defeating Morel in the elimination fight.

Undefeated Ciso "Kid Terrible" Morales, on the other hand, is fighting for his first title as he challenges Fernando "Cochulito" Montiel for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight championship.

Morales (14-0-0, 8 KOs ), who has dedicated his fight to fallen boxer Z Gorres, weighed 118 pounds. Reigning champ Montiel also came in at 118.

Also fighting in the undercard is Filipino Mark Melligen (16-2-0, 12 KOs ), who will battle undefeated Texan Raymond Gatica (11-0-0).

Watch the Filipino boxers' quest for glory on ABS-CBN Sports' "Pinoy Power 3" on Sunday (Feb 14), 10:30 am on ABS-CBN with a delayed telecast on Studio 23 at 11:30am.

Those with cable TV can catch "Pinoy Power 3" on Balls Skycable Ch. 34 on February 16 at 4 pm and February 18 at 9 pm.

With a report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News