Michael Katsidis “The Great” was formally invited to attend Greece’s annual party recently in the lead up to the announcement of his next fight. In an action packed couple of months, Katsidis has flown to the Philippines to challenge current super champion Manny Pacquiao, resigned with his long time trainer/manager Brendon Smith, and topped it all off by travelling to Larissa, the home land of his father to be honored.
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Katsidis who is extremely proud of his half Greek and half Australian heritage said recently in an interview with Fightnews’ Craig Watt: “My father’s village is by Mt. Olympus and historians believe it to be the homeland of the gods. This is a first time opportunity to travel to Greece, and I believe the experience will give me strength once more.”
Katsidis is currently the mandatory WBO # 1 ranked fighter at 135 pounds, and is awaiting some big opportunities in the later part of 2009 with possible names including Hatton, Pacquiao and Marquez.
Katsidis is coming off an impressive stoppage win over Mexican Jesus Chavez in April and is keen, like the ancient Greek god Achilles, to continue to invade and conquer.