Pinoy Power 3 / Latin Fury 13 featured five Filipinos against their Latino counterparts. It’s a big event but definitely not a pay per view value promotion. It could have garnered more views if it was shown for free with people don’t want to spend their hard earned money for matches that don’t strike interest to the public. It could have been great to see Nonito Donaire against equally talented Fernando Montiel but instead they fought with different opponents who look more like sacrificial lambs. Mark Melligen started the affair against the undefeated Raymond Gatica. The same Melligen who fought 2 months ago on the same card with fellow boxer Z Gorres who was taken to the hospital after collapsing in the ring. He was unfocused and eventually lost to Michel Rosales via a split decision but last Saturday Mark was all business sending Gatica to the canvass and the fight was eventually stop by Kenny Bayless in round 6 of the scheduled 8 round duel.
The Bernabe Concepcion featherweight duel against Puerto Rican Mario Santiago was one of the most exciting fight of the night. Both fighters fought Steven Luevano to a draw but Santiago fought the intelligent fight compared to Concepcion’s disqualification. Concepcion started the fight bombing away hard rights to Santiago… He had good defense and in and out movement. Concepcion knocked Santiago out in the 6th round but failed to dispose the sturdy Puerto Rican. Santiago came back in the later rounds but it was a case of too little too late. Concepcion won the fight and will face the formidable Juan Manuel Lopez as his prize for winning. Manny Pacquiao, Concepcion’s manager said he will personally supervise Bernabe’s training for his fight with Juanma. I still have doubts in Concepcion’s chances but having Pacquiao in the corner definitely gives him a big boost.
It was a sad fairy tale ending for Gerry Peñalosa’s boxing career as he failed to get the judges nod after 12 full rounds exchanging blows with Eric Morel. Morel who uses his head literally was taller and bigger than Penalosa was quick and had good lateral movements was blazing Gerry on the opening bell but as soon as Gerry’s punches found its range Morel was running and holding Gerry. His one two combination is greeted with precise body punching that hurt Morel. I thought Gerry had done enough to win the fight but the judges saw it differently awarding Morel with a split decision win. Maybe the fight with Juanma took its toll on Gerry I do believed it’s time to hang up his gloves he has nothing to be ashamed of he gave us one helluva fight.
Ciso Morales is a natural super bantamweight fighter and had to go down all the way to 118 just to fight Fernando Montiel’s title. I would have given Morales a slight chance to upset Montiel but news going to the fight is that Morales is having a hard time to get to the 118 pound limit. With barely two weeks before the fight he only had soda crackers to eat having a hard time to sweat the excess pounds in the cold weather which resulted to a cracker diet. It is reasonable to go up to your comfortable weight than going down draining your body squeezing it to a much lower division. It took only one liver shot for Montiel to stop Morales and the young 22 year old boxer learned his lessons the hard way.
The main card was supposed to be Nonito Donaire Jr. against Gerson Guerrero but after Gerson failed his medical test he was replaced by Manuel “Chango” Vargas who was scheduled to fight on the same day in Mexico. It was Vargas’s big break but the only problem would be is that Vargas who recently fought Donnie Nietes is campaigning in the minimum weight division which is the 105 lbs. He had to move up 10 lbs. heavier to fight a taller and bigger Donaire who had a hard time fitting his body to the 115lb. limit. It was clearly evident of the size disparity when the two met in the ring it was not only a mismatch but it was disaster in the making. Donaire ended Vargas’s misery with a left uppercut angling Vargas chin. There was no way a former 105lb. fighter could withstand a 125lb hydrated fighter’s power.
The Filipino’s won against the Latinos with a 3-2 standing but other than the close standings there isn’t much excitement on the fights.
Thanks for Morel-Penalosa and Concepcion-Santiago fights for making Pinoy Power 3/ Latin Fury 13 an average fight promotion if not for them it would be an utterly mismatch.