OSCAR Valdez is not taking Filipino challenger Genesis Servania lightly.
While a complete stranger to him, the World Boxing Organization featherweight champ Valdez stressed unknown fighters like Servania are usually the most dangerous opponents.
One need not look far in the case of another unknown Filipino warrior a few years ago who went on to become a legend, according to the champion from Mexico.
"There was a time when nobody knew who Manny Pacquiao was, either," said the 26-year-old Valdez.
With that in mind, Valdez said it's all business for him when he stakes his world featherweight crown against Servania on Saturday (Manila time) at the Tucson Arena in Arizona.
Valdez will be making the third defense of his title and is an overwhelming favorite to win over Servania before an expected partisan crowd, which will be out to cheer on its hometown hero.
The former Olympian from Mexico, considered as one of the best featherweights in the world today, grew up in the Tucson neighborhood as a young boy, and therefore doesn't plan to lose this one against his 26-year-old challenger.
"I don't plan on losing it here," said Valdez.
Both champ and challenger easily tipped the scale during the official weigh-in Friday (Manila time).
Valdez (22-0 with 19 KOs) weighed in at 125.8 lbs, while Servania (29-0, 12 KOs), the former stalwart of Cebu-based ALA Boxing, came at 125.4 lbs.