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Pacman’s bold bid

By Nick Giongco

No Filipino fighter has won a world title at 154 lbs and Manny Pacquiao stands to become the first after he faces Mexican Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas with the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) belt at stake. The only time a Filipino figured in a world title fight at super-welterweight/junior-middle/light-middle class took place in March 1994 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arman Picar challenged Julio Cesar Vasquez of Argentina for the World Boxing Association junior-middle diadem and got knocked out in less than two rounds in the Don King-promoted show. Picar actually earned the title shot after nailing the Orient-Pacific Boxing Federation title in Korea in December the previous year. If ever Pacquiao wins the WBC title, he will become the second heaviest Filipino to bag a world title after Ceferino Garcia, who reigned as world middleweight (160 lbs) king from 1939 to 1940.

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