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Mandaue City’s own Mercito ‘No Mercy’ Gesta (21-0-1) has been impressing a lot of the right people who have witnessed the 23-year-old lightweight prospect’s pugilistic talents. Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach considers Gesta as the best prospect right now from the Philippines and is helping him out at the Wild Card Gym, showing him a few things he can improve on. My colleague Michael Marley up in New York has seen a lot of promising talents come and go in the world of boxing, and is sold on Gesta’s potential.
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But despite the high praise, the soft-spoken Gesta remains grounded and shies away from comparisons with countryman and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. When asked about his thoughts on being labeled as ‘The Next Manny Pacquiao’ now that he is under the same promotional company as Pacquiao, Gesta quickly replied, “I’m not going to be the next Pacquiao, but for sure I’m going to make my own name. I’m so excited right now, and that I’m also with Top Rank right now, because I know they can give me the best fights,” Gesta told Elie Seckbach of ESNEWSReporting.com.
A converted southpaw, Gesta likens his fighting style to a combination of Pacquiao and another legendary Filipino boxer in Gerry Penalosa. Gesta trained with Penalosa’s brother Carl for several years in San Diego at the Alliance Gym, and admires the fearless one’s defensive skills. “For me, to box is not just to punch or to throw and stuff like that. There are fighters who do that, but best is, you need to think and you need to study your opponent,” Gesta said in his first interview with Top Rank.
His trainer and co-manager Vince Parra says that Gesta is a natural and was born to fight. “Mercito’s the nicest guy you’ll meet, but he was just born and knew how to fight. It’s something that comes easy to him. When something comes easy to anybody, maybe the work isn’t as hard,” Parra said and added, “We all are born here for certain things. Mercito was born to fight.”
Gesta’s next fight will be at the undercard of Brandon Rios-Urbano Antillon on July 9 in LA.
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