At age 36 Gerry Penalosa is nearing his retirement. He would have wanted to land a fight this year with someone matching his caliber. There were talks about Jorge Arce, Steven Luevano, former tormentor Daniel Ponce De Leon and Juan Manuel Lopez but all went down the drain. Gerry is picky on opponents nowadays and made only one defense for his WBO super bantamweight title via eight round knockout against Ratanachai Sor Vorapin.
So how much does Gerry worth to see him fight? The price tag is $250,000 the price he asked for a Ponce De Leon matchup the price he solicited for a clash against Juan Manuel Lopez. His promoters thought Gerry overpriced himself and I personally think Gerry was just all business he just wants to make the best of his career before hanging up.
Gerry was placed in an unfortunate time when he was forced to carry Philippine boxing in his own hands. There were no Manny Pacquiao and Ala boys at that time it was just Gerry and Luisito Espinosa they were forced to travel to Japan, Korea and Thailand seeking greener pastures and looking for meaningful fights. The result was Gerry had to undergo the pain of defending his title in a foreign land losing by a hometown decision. The process was strenuous and made Gerry semi retired and had to look for other venture to support his growing family.
Manny Pacquiao brought the life back in Gerry’s career and a string of victories followed through.
Gerry is one of the greatest technician in boxing today he has confidence on his defense and power and that makes him fearless. He called out Juan Manuel Lopez to stop hiding and face him on the ring. Juanma is ready for the challenge and will fight as the main appetizer for the Pacquiao-De La Hoya fight but they couldn’t afford Gerry’s price.
The $250,000 is just too much for an undercard fight but those are just numbers Gerry knows his worth the investment.
I know Gerry could take Juanma by heart but it’s a fight he should re evaluate himself also. Given Fearless Gerry has been 110 percent fit to fight, fighting a hard hitting puncher like Juanma needs a lot of training and preparation.
At age 36 Father Time is slowly catching up on Gerry he has one or two more fights left in his career. Juan Manuel Lopez if successful in his Dec.6 fight with Sergio Medina has promised Gerry a fight in the early quarter of next year. Gerry knows there are a lot at stake. His life and his career if anyone asks me is Gerry worth the $250k? hell yeah…
He came a long way to be what he is now and Gerry clearly deserves it.