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Mark Magsayo to face Julio Ceja on August 21st Pacquiao-Spence PPV

Ceja was last seen battling Brandon Figueroa to a draw in 2019

Brandon Figueroa v Julio Ceja Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Manny Pacquiao won’t be the only Filipino slugger on PBC’s August 21st pay-per-view. Mike Coppinger, confirming an earlier report from Keith Idec, claims that unbeaten featherweight Mark Magsayo will meet former super bantamweight titlist Julio Ceja before Pacquiao’s clash with Errol Spence.

As Coppinger states, this is a considerable step up for the 26-year-old Magsayo (22-0, 15 KO). “Magnifico” had all sorts of trouble with Rigoberto Hermosillo last October, and while Ceja (32-4-1, 28 KO) is a career 122-pounder who hasn’t fought since a brutal November 2019 split draw against Brandon Figueroa due to COVID scrapping a planned eliminator against Eduardo Ramirez, he’s a proven scrapper with legitimate power.

Less than a month from fight night, there remain two open slots on the four-fight main card. Towering prospect Sebastian Fundora will reportedly face former European champion Sergio Garcia in a super welterweight eliminator, but we’ve yet to receive official confirmation.

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