Marquez stakes title vs Pacquiao look-alikeBy Dennis U. Eroa
Salivating to exchange punches with Manny Pacquiao for the fourth time, Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez will settle for an up-and-coming Filipino brawler who bears an uncanny resemblance to the global ring icon.
Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs), whose sterling career is tainted with two setbacks to Pacquiao, will stake his WBO light welterweight title against reigning IBF Pan-Pacific titlist Al Sabaupan (19-1, 14 KOs) July 21 in Mexico City.
“The itch to fight the legendary Pacquiao remains strong for Juan Manuel and I believe that he will settle for a Pacman dead ringer,” said Saved by the Bell Promotions president Elmer Anuran, who handles Sabaupan’s career.
Saved by the Bell Promotion has a memorandum of cooperation with Zanfer Promotions, who stages Marquez’s fights.
Anuran admitted that Sabaupan is fighting an elite boxer.
“No doubt about it, Al’s going to climb a mountain or to be exact Mt. Everest here. At 38, Marquez remains deadly as ever and definitely the hands-down favorite.”
Barring any change of date and venue by the WBO boxing commission, this will be the second time that Sabaupan will show his wares in Mexico.
The 24-year-old southpaw lost by ninth round TKO to Marvin Quintero for the IBF title eliminator on April 21 at the Unidad Deportiva Centenario.