Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista, and Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria—at some point in their careers, these fine Filipino boxers were hailed as the next Manny Pacquiao, but none have come close to what the legendary Pacman has achieved inside the ring.
Enter Jerwin Ancajas, a promising 26-year-old boxer from Cavite City who has a lot in common with the undisputed King of Philippine boxing. Aside from being fellow southpaws who pack explosive punching power, both made use of their fists as a means to rise from poverty.
Over the weekend, Ancajas made the Pacquiao comparisons easier to justify with his fourth successful title defense, securing a 10th round technical knockout against Mexican challenger Israel Gonzalez. We’ve seen flashes of boxing brilliance from Ancajas before, who made sure to floor his opponent thrice, something reminiscent of a prime Pacquiao match from back in the day.
It also didn’t take long for Pacquiao himself to congratulate his protégé on the victory.
Ancajas now owns a stellar 29-1-1 record, but despite these accolades (plus the constant comparisons to his idol), he remains a humble champion, thanking God, Pacquiao, and the fight fans for the opportunities he has been blessed with.
To celebrate his victory, we’ve compiled his recent title matches that display his Pacquiao-like prowess.
McJoe Arroyo for the IBF World Super Flyweight Title
Jose Alfredo Rodriguez: 1st title defense
Teiru Kinoshita: 2nd title defense
Jamie Conlan: 3rd title defense
Ancajas is slowly getting there, although he still has a long way to go to before being considered as great as Pacman himself. For now, we can all probably agree that he’s a bonafide rising star who has a very bright boxing future ahead of him.