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Gamboa Likely Moving Up Soon, Eyes Pacquiao

After the weigh-in on Friday afternoon, for Saturday’s featherweight clash between Yuriorkis Gamboa and Daniel Ponce De Leon, promoter Ahmet Oner was convinced that Gamboa can no longer make featherweight, after Gamboa needed to strip down to his birthday suit to make the contracted weight of 127 (one pound over the featherweight limit).

“Yuri has emphasized a couple of times in the last days that this is his last fight close to the featherweight limit”, says Oner. “And I think we all agree that there’s nothing left to prove for him at 126. He beat everybody who dared to fight him so it’s the natural next step to fight his way through the next higher divisions.”

Gamboa is being touted as a possible rival for stablemate Nonito Donaire but Gamboa has his sights set on an even bigger fight.

“I would love to get a shot at Manny Pacquiao”, Gamboa said before the weigh-in. “I always said that I want to prove that I’m the best boxer in the world. To be the best you have to beat the best so I hope that at some point I get the chance to do that. I think a fight against Pacquiao at 140 could be fantastic.”

“I think Gamboa is one of very few fighters who can be a real threat to Pacquiao”, adds promoter Oner. “Wouldn’t it be great to see these to aggressive fighting machines going at each other with their unique combination of extraordinary speed and power?”

Gamboa however must first get through Ponce De Leon tonight, from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


  1. ed rabago

    September 10, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    another one who is in dire need of hefty $$$$$$$$$$$$$. After only making coins from around the corner comes another one like mosley, marquez and the rest of the unknown boxer beating unknown fighters.

  2. Bardagul

    September 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    This boy gamboa is too ambitious, you have to eat a lot more “paella” to even be qualified to fall in the long line behind those dreamers like you to enter the pacquiao sweepstakes.

  3. bert

    September 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    yes, with such speed and powerful punch gamboa has, he can be a real treat to pacuiao. that would be a great fight!

  4. jeffrey

    September 10, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Another boxer and promoter getting ahead of themselves too fast too soon.

  5. Edithap7

    September 10, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Do you want to get your eyesocket broken Gamboa?

  6. bentin

    September 11, 2011 at 12:05 am

    dream on boy!! your not in the league of pacman!!

  7. JJ

    September 11, 2011 at 12:37 am

    After he fights PAC, he will be called “GONEBOA” as in gone like the rest kissing the canvas who have faced the ASIAN TSUNAMI. Too fast, too good, too powerful.


  8. Gener Alcoreza

    September 11, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Just goes to show, every boxer are being lured by their managers/promoters to get a crack at the Pacman so as to chip a chunk of the Lottery.

    Pacquiao’s desire is to fight PBF who is trying to duck him by all means. I doubt if there he has any interest to fight smaller boxers. He became popular fighting bigger opponents always.

    Gamboa is good and fast. But tactically and power wise, I doubt if he can survive the Pacman’s power if he gets hit. Besides, if it is most likely Pacquiao will be fighting only for another 2 years, Gamboa surely would not be able to get bigger instantly to weight 147.

  9. lito j

    September 11, 2011 at 1:41 am

    yuri wants a piece of pac. try cotto, clottey, margarito and mosley first and say a mouthful afterwards.

  10. bug

    September 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

    i think gamboa want a piece of million dollar from pacquiao. if bob arum wants gamboa to be rich then he will look for a possibility the fight will happen against pacman. whoever fight pacman will become a multi millionaire that’s the fight against pacman is all about, is money.but gamboa has no space for pacman unless pacman wants him to fight.maybe gamboa try to start from the beginning, try cotto first then margarito but he is too big for gamboa maybe mosley but mostley is almost retired.the best thing has gamboa to do is to sweep all pacman’s leftover first and if he pass then he can fight with pacman.

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