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!"