THEY’RE the latest siblings in Philippine boxing in the mold of the Penalosas, Velascos, and Pacquiaos. And just like their predecessors, they also want to be the best by beating the very best.
Jason and Albert Pagara are dreaming of becoming world champions someday, and for them to achieve it, both know they have to prove themselves against the top guns of their respective divisions.
Jason, the elder of the two and the first to take up the sport, is fighting as a welterweight, while the younger Pagara is campaigning in the junior featherweight class.
“Gusto ko si (Brandon) Rios,” said Jason when asked who he wants to take on among the top welterweights in the world, where ironically, boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao reigns as the World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion.
“Maganda kasing kalaban si Rios, fighter, e. Ganun ang mga gusto kong kalaban.”
Albert, nicknamed 'The Prince,' has his eyes on reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF)-WBO super-bantamweight title holder Guillermo Rigondeaux.
“Mahirap na laban, pero kaya. Basta pagbutihan lang ang training, mag-disiplina, at lahat gawin para manalo,” said the 20-year-old Albert.
The two faces the biggest test of their careers when they headline the 26th edition of the popular boxing series 'Pinoy Pride' of the famed ALA Boxing Promotions.
The Pagaras, who are of Chinese descent, will have tough Mexicans for their opponents on June 21 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.
Jason (33-2, 20 KOs), ranked third by the WBO, faces Mario Meraz (20-3, 16 KOs), while the undefeated Albert (20-0, 14 KOs), he with the colored and mohawk hairstyle, takes on Hugo Partida (21-4, 16 KOs).
ALA Boxing Promotions vice-president Dennis Canete said the outcome of both fights will have a big say on the future of the Pagara brothers, especially after the Cebu-based stable recently secured an official license to hold and promote fights in California.
“If manalo sila, we’ll be sending them to San Diego for further training,” said Canete.
Of the two, he said it's Jason who needs the proper training since he’s in a weight division considered as the most high-profile in boxing today featuring the likes of Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Tim Bradley, Rios, Juan Manuel Marquez, Mike Alvarado, Ruslan Provodnikov, and Amir Khan.
“Jason needs to be prepared talaga dahil andun 'yung top gun sa division niya,” said the ALA boxing stable executive.