By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao is offering world championship boxing free to the public when his MP Promotions stages the International Boxing Federation (IBF) light-flyweight title defense of Johnreil Casimero against Mexican challenger Felipe Salguero on Oct. 26 at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. “This is just one of the many ways Manny Pacquiao is displaying his love not only for the sport of boxing but for his fans and followers as well,” said Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser Mike Koncz from General Santos City.
Casimero, one of the Philippines’ three reigning world champions, has an 18-2 win-loss record with 10 knockouts and is best remembered by fight fans for his brave stand on hostile territory in 2012. Salguero, who hails from Toluca, Mexico, parades an 18-4 mark with 13 knockouts.
Casimero and his entourage were treated shabbily by the Argentine crowd after his sensational win over a local toughie with debris being thrown into the ring. Even Casimero’s chief handler, Sammy Gello-ani, was the recipient of punches and kicks from irate Argentinians.
The fight card will also feature the pro debut of Gensa hotshot Joneil Dapidran, a nephew of Pacquiao, whose middle name is Dapidran. He will be up against Jonnie Villacrusis in a four-round lightweight battle.
There will be ten other fights on tap, including world-rated Michael Farenas, who will see action against a Thai banger.
Despite his hectic training schedule, Pacquiao said he might even drop by the venue to sheer for Casimero. Pacquiao is in the thick of training for his comeback bout against Brandon Rios set Nov. 24 in Macau.