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    Gerry Penalosa on former sparmate Pacquiao's success:'Parang nanalo siya ng 100 times sa lotto'

    Apr 25, 2015
    Manny Pacquiao prepares to leave the Wild Card gym in his Mercedes Benz SL500. Jerome Ascano

    LOS ANGELES – Manny Pacquiao once served as his sparring partner and there was a time when Gerry Penalosa moved to include the then reed-thin flyweight in the undercard of his world title fight in Manila almost two decades ago.

    And while he never doubted that Pacquiao would become a world champion someday, Penalosa admitted the success, stature and riches his good friend has reaped over the years were beyond his wildest imagination.

    “Hindi ko expect na ganito. Alam ko mag-champion siya, pero di ko expect na magiging ganito kalaki,” said the 43-year-old Penalosa as he waited for Pacquiao to wrap up his afternoon workout at the Wild Card gym.

    “Pambihira na ito. Parang nanalo siya ng 100 times sa lotto.”

    A southpaw like Pacquiao, Penalosa tapped the Pacman to be his sparring partner as he prepared for the defense of his World Boxing Council (WBC) super-flyweight title against Mexican Joel Zarate Luna at the Cuneta Astrodome in 1998.

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    The then 18-year-old Pacquiao was also set to fight in the undercard against Raffy Montalban as he built up for his first-ever world title bid against Chatchai Sasakul of Thailand for the WBC flyweight championship.

    “Lagi kaming mag-sparring niyan. Kaya dati pa lang alam ko na ang lakas at bilis niya,” the now-retired two-time world champion from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental recalled.

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    Penalosa retained his title following a second round technical draw against his Mexican opponent in a match at the Astrodome witnessed by a large crowd that included then President Ramos.

    Pacquiao was supposed to fight immediately, but never got to do as one too many people climbed the ring following the controversial ending to the Penalosa-Luna main event, forcing the ring to collapse.

    “Ang dami kasing tao,” said Penalosa chuckled, looking back at the event.

    Penalosa is so happy for the success his good friend is reaping. Jerome Ascano

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    Eight months later, Pacquiao would win the first of his unprecedented eight world titles following an eighth-round knockout of Sasakul, something which Penalosa never once doubted.

    “Masipag kasing mag-ensayo. Grabe 'yan. Kahit walang tulog sa gabi, mag-ensayo pa rin 'yan kinabukasan,” he said.

    In the same vain, Pacquiao's bosom buddy has no doubts whatsoever that he will beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their welterweight title unification fight on May 3 (Manila time) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

    “Grabe ang will to win, kaya tingin ko talaga mananalo,” said Penalosa.


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    Manny Pacquiao prepares to leave the Wild Card gym in his Mercedes Benz SL500. Jerome Ascano
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