San Francisco, CA-A lot of folks are misinformed regarding the non-relationship between boxing king Manny Pacquiao and Victor Conte of BALCO Labs fame. There is no relationship, never was period!


Mercito Gesta

Mercito Gesta

The night prior to Nonito Donaire’s one-punch near decapitation of Fernando Montiel, Philippine born lightweight Mercito Gesta (21-0, 11 KOs) showed good moves against ham & egg’er Genaro Trazancos in this City by The Bay (TKO end of 3). If southpaw Gesta can learn to keep his hands up, especially the right as he sometimes walks in unprotected on that side, he will be a force to be reckoned with. With an impressive array of punches that flow and have sting, after a half dozen more fights, he could be the next Filipino star to capture a belt worthy of mention.


Hot ticket seller Eloy ‘Meanest From Salinas’ Perez (20-0, 5 KOs) is a strong rugged kid with nice skills. But his fundamentals are lame as Eloy pulls his right foot off the ground almost every time he went with the right against “Speedy” Gonzalez. In addition, he wears “wrestling” shoes which for the 100th time are designed to be the opposite of what a boxing shoe is. Wrestling shoes you work off your heel. Boxing shoes you work off your toes. You can see the toes of fighters wearing wrestling shoes with the toe area sticking up when they walk or look to dig their toes into the canvas. These two flaws alone will keep this kid from going places. The Emanuel Steward reference was me trying to tell Perez to get a MUCH better trainer.


Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas (98-15-1, 76 KOs) fought this weekend in his native Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico against Minnesota’s Matt Vanda (43-13, 23 KOs) winning a unanimous decision over ten frames. The State of Arizona did not contest the multi-million dollar claim trainer Joe Diaz and Campas filed against them in November. Attorney Edward Moriarity, counsel for Diaz and Campas is expected to file suit this week.


I have the second round here of Nonito Donaire-Fernando Montiel and the punch heard around the world. CLICK FOR VIDEO OF DONAIRE KO OF MONTIEL

Pedro Fernandez


  • Pedro, you are right on the money with your observation of Eloy Perez having outstanding boxing skills. That night in San Francisco I also noticed a bit more of speed. He looked very good, the only thing I’m worried about is the punching power. If he was to be coached by somebody who can take him to that next level (knockouts) he will definitely be standing out amongst the young prime fighters out there. I just don’t know if you could teach someone like Eloy power without taking the speed away. He’s putting Salinas on the map that’s for sure.

  • Haven’t really checked out Eloy Perez yet. I’ll have to keep an eye out for those idiosyncracies.

    Speaking of horrid punching in recent week, I wonder how Perez’ mistakes will rate compared to Sergio Mora’s right hand thrown with the right foot doing a toe-drag stepover?

    Or Shamone Alvarez throwing his straight left with the back foot facing almost completely outward like a kick boxer stabilizing himself to throw a front kick or as if to get a head start on moving out of the way. Seems like even when Alvarez conciously decides to trade punches, his lower body is looking for the exit instead of commiting to the punch.

    Both of these guys landed flush, picture perfect left hands on the chin in their last fights which their opponents leaned into but with no effect whatsoever. Fixing their legs won’t make Mora or Alvarez big punchers but at least they might get a little bit of respect and more credit for some of their connects.

  • It’s one of the few good signs about boxing today, though. I recall the endless succession of Don Jordan, Yama Bahama, etc. fights, but where were Pascual Perez or Jofre? Even Olivares and Zarate were West Coast, hard to find on national TV. Glad flys and bantams and feathers are getting their due. Guess they have to, with so few heavyweights.

  • Fans have knocked themselves out comparing Pacquaio and Duran, but so far, no one I’ve seen has compared Donaire to Eder Jofre, the great Brazilian bantam and feather champ. Probably too few people saw him or remember him, It’s also too soon: Eder was superlative.

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