SAN CARLOS, Calif. – Rising boxing prospect Albert Pagara describes himself with three simple words: hustler, power and speed.
Pagara’s certainly hustled his way into the boxing scene by going undefeated with 24 wins with 17 by way of knock out.
The 21-year-old from Cagayan de Oro used his power and speed to help him become the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Inter-continental Super Bantamweight Champion.
Along with Donnie Nietes, Mark Magsayo and his older brother Jason, Albert Pagara will be featured in the Oct. 17 mega bout – “Philippines vs. the World” at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
And while his young boxing career has provided for his family Pagara says it is important that he remains humble.
“I don’t want a life of riches,” said Pagara. “I want a simple life. I want my family to always be together and to be provided for.”
When training becomes too intense Pagara says he finds the most motivation from his family and his girlfriend.
“I want to so bad, said Pagara. “My girlfriend said something that really touched me. Whether I win or lose, she said that she and my family will always be here for me.”
Pagara is ready to usher in a new era of Pinoy boxing superstars while paying homage to the man who put Pinoy boxing back on the map.
“I think no one can duplicate Manny Pacquiao,” said Pagara. “Manny Pacquiao is Manny Pacquiao. For us, we are just following in his footsteps so we can bring honor to the Philippines and elevate it to a higher level.”
Pagara will face Nicaraguan knock out artist William “Chirizo” Gonzalez who holds a record of 27 victories with 23 by way of knock out and five defeats.