LAS VEGAS — Hours before the Pacman fought Keith Thurman to a thrilling split decision victory, a pair of Filipino boxers kicked off the night in style on the untelevised undercard.
Bangar La Union-born John Leo Dato finished off Juan Antonio Lopez in the fifth round with a vicious body shot.
This is the 4th fight this year for the 12-0-1 Dato who is based out of Santa Maria, California. He hopes to be back in the ring later this year.
“We’ve been training for that. That was the plan to get him the stomach. It was amazing it was a great feeling when that happened it was like a dream come true.”
The next match lasted even shorter.
Genisis Libranza of Bayugan, Agusan del Sur, pummeled Carlos Maldonado for four rounds before the referee stopped the match.
“Siempre timatamanan ko na sya tapos tingin ko hindi na sya mag tuloy kasi medjo wasak wasak na ang muhka nya. Tinutuloy tuloy lang yung ginagawa ko tinamaan para bimagsak.”
For Libranza, training alongside his promoter, Manny Pacquiao the past four weeks has been a big help for his career, which is now at 19 wins and 1 loss.
“Para sa akin malaking tulong nakasabay kami ni senator kasi magka motivates kami mag training kasi yung kasabay namin tapos pinapush din nya sa training namin.”
Not all Filipino boxers were successful — MP promotions fighter Jayar Inson fell to Sergey Lipinets of Kazakhstan, in the second round. Inson was upgraded to the Pay-Per-View card the day before the fight, after Lipinets original opponent withdrew due to injury.
Despite the loss, he was in high spirits.