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Pacman’s fighter Mayol eyes title

Photo: Dr. Ed De La Vega
Photo: Dr. Ed De La Vega

By Lee Bates

Just speaking with Rodel “Kid Rapido” Mayol of the Philippines (25-3-1, 19 KOs)one can tell the importance of his upcoming rematch with WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon of Puerto Rico (32-0-1, 6 KOs). This past June the two squared off in Madison Square Garden. The bout ended in a six-round technical draw because Calderon was unable to continue due to an accidental head butt he suffered in the fourth round. Mayol, who is promoted by boxing’s pound pound for king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, is entering his fourth attempt to win a world title. A fact that he is very much aware of. “I may not get another world title fight and must take advantage of this opportunity,” said Mayol.
Fightnews caught up with Mayol as he was finishing up a tough training session at Freddie Roach´s Wildcard Gym in Hollywood,CA. He spoke on his aggressive game plan, being promoted by Pacquiao, and bringing the world title back to the Philippines.
It’s been speculated that you intend to be more aggressive in the rematch against Calderon. Is that correct?
I feel that since I’m fighting Calderon in Puerto Rico it’s in my best interest to be very aggressive. I do want to point out it will be effective aggressiveness. I will be keeping my hands moving throwing a large volume of punches.

Calderon is not known as a puncher. Does that work to your advantage in terms of being more aggressive not fearing his punching power?
Honestly balance plays a major factor there. Even though Calderon isn’t known as a puncher, I must make sure I maintain proper balance at all times. If my balance is not properly maintained he could score a knockdown regardless of if he is a hard puncher or not. A knockdown could be very costly in a fight like this.
Do you just come to the U.S. to train for your major fights?
I actually have been living in Los Angeles for two years and have my family here with me. I’m very comfortable living here and I’m close to Wildcard where I can get the best training.
How would you describe Manny Pacquiao as a promoter? 

Manny is doing an outstanding job for me as my promoter. I am so thankful to him for the way he has guided my career since he started promoting me.
Including my upcoming fight with Calderon, Manny has gotten me three world title fights.  I’m very determined to show my appreciation to Manny by defeating Calderon and winning the world title.
This is your fourth opportunity at a world title. Many fighters don’t even get one chance. Does that add extra pressure on you for the need to win this time around?
I feel very fortunate to be heading into my fourth world title fight. I’ve given my maximum effort in training for this fight. I’m coming in determined to win the title and come back to the Philippines as a world champion. 

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The “Unbeaten Champions” PPV card is presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions Inc.(Ivan & Peter Rivera). Also included is WBO super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (22-0-1, 13 KOs) making his first title defense in the 12-round co-feature against WBO No. 9 rated Vincente Martin “El Mono” Rodriguez (25-2-1, 13 KOs). In a 10-round super flyweight bout Juan “Panterita” Mercedes (23-2, 16 KOs) will take on Jesus “Changa” Martinez (18-6, 11 KOs). Unbeaten  6ft.6in. cruiserweight giant prospect and 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Carlos Negron (4-0, 4 KOs) will be tested against heavy handed Larry Carter whose 3 victories have all come by way of knockout.
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