Days after his loss against journeyman Heriberto Ruiz, Rey “boomboom” Bautista was seen on his hometown in Candijay Bohol and one brave gentleman approached Bautista and asks him what transpired on his fight against Ruiz and Rey angrily responded “Kamo ba naa didto” (Are you the one fighting?) if he was an ordinary person he would have my sympathy and understanding but being a public figure and an aspiring Pacquiao prodigy it was unlikely for him to say those things especially to his fans. We all remember how he boasted about taking up Ponce De Leon’s punches “If an older Gerry Penalosa can take his punches I’m sure I can take it”. Oh well we all know what happened after that. We thought he has learned his lesson in humility but when he fought Ruiz and took his opponent lightly it resulted in another setback. Bautista never admitted his flaws and mistake when he told the press he was bothered by his left hand while on training. Manny Pacquiao after his loss against Morales never made excuses even if he was fighting on a blistered foot. Fast forward 11 months after with his left hand operated and fully healed he will fight again on Oct.16 against Thailand’s Rachamongkol Sor Pleonchit another sacrificial lamb who has a decent 8-1 record with fights mostly fought in his hometown. It was no secret his promoter is protecting his ward like a father to his son… Boomboom’s career right now is so fragile and one loss can mean an end to everything. Rey has only fought one caliber fighter on his 28 fights and fall short on Ponce De Leon. It was his ultimate test and when he failed also to get a win against journey man Heriberto Ruiz I think it’s high time he thinks about his future. This is where we separate the men from the boys. I wouldn’t give even a modest chance for Bautista to win against the king of his division Juan Manuel Lopez it would be like putting a defenseless rabbit into the lion’s den. Rey has the heart but he also has an attitude I think it’s high time his promoter got a reality check. Give Bautista quality and caliber opponents instead of building his record and putting the young boxer in high delusion. I’m sorry to say this to you Rey you will never be the next Manny Pacquiao and there will never be…. The hype is over… reality now sinks in.
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