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Jerwin Ancajas: I feel pressure following Pacquiao’s footsteps

Can Ancajas replicate the achievements of Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao?

Boxing at SSE Arena Belfast Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

IBF world super-flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas bears many resemblances to Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao, including devastating speed and power. But, let's face it — the kid has some gigantic boxing boots to fill.

"Pretty Boy" Ancajas faces Israel Gonzalez on February 3rd, an eye-catching performance would only fuel comparisons between the two Filipino fighters.

And Ancajas has admitted that following the eight-weight world champion footsteps will provide a huge challenge.

Speaking to BoxNation, Ancajas said:

"For my part I just do whatever I can to get even just a little closer to Sir Manny’s level."

"Yes, it is so hard and I feel very pressured with people saying that I will follow in the footsteps of Sir Manny, we all know that it will take years before anyone can follow in Sir Manny’s footsteps.

"For my part I just do whatever I can to get even just a little closer to Sir Manny’s level.

"They say that I will be the next Manny, so I try to be diligent in my training so when the time comes they will not get disappointed."

The 26-year-old hasn't shied away from chasing big names, including that of Naoya Inoue, who is rumoured to be moving up to Bantamweight.

"[I want] Naoya Inoue, he is the number one, a dream opponent because he is the best. As a fighter…you always dream of going up against a good fighter."

However, Ancajas must overcome the Gonzalez hurdle and make a statement on his US debut.

"For me it is a very important fight because it will be my first fight in America,” said Ancajas. “People in America have a different way of choosing a boxer to follow so I have to impress them with a win!"

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