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 thereâ€™s nothing left to prove for him at 126. He beat everybody who dared to fight him so itâ€™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 Iâ€™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. “Wouldnâ€™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.