By Bert Eljera
“So they’re becoming one of the most important countries for boxing in the entire world,” Arum said, commenting on a forthcoming bout featuring Filipino Manny Pacquiao and Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez.
Farenas, who has won seven of his last eight bouts, will go up against former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 knockouts), who is 30.
The 28-year old Farenas, a southpaw, has 34 wins, 26 by knockouts, three draws and four loses.
Gesta, an undefeated southpaw, fights Miguel Vazquez of Mexico, the lightweight titleholder.
“It’s going to be a great night for the Filipino boxing fans, not only with Pacquiao, but now, with Gesta and Farenas,” Arum told Ringtv.com.
Arum’s praise for Filipino boxers is self-congratulatory, in a sense. His other boxer, Filipino-American junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire, is making an HBO-televised Dec. 15 defense against Jorge Arce.
The Pacquiao-Marquez fight is the fourth encounter between the two boxers.
In November, Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) won an unpopular and disputed majority decision over Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs).
They also have fought to a draw and a split-decision that favored the Filipino boxer.
It will be Pacquiao’s first bout since losing a controversial split-decision to Tim Bradley and lost his WBO welterweight crown in June.
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