While Manny Pacquiao tries to cement his stature in boxing world by facing superstar Oscar de la Hoya on December 6, another Pacquiao will also make his attempt for his own boxing glory on Thursday (Friday morning in Manila).
Bobby Pacquiao, the little brother of the Filipino boxing icon, will rumble with Robert Frankel in a ten-rounder at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
The younger Pacquiao, now fighting in the lightweight division, is in search of redemption after winning only two of his last five fights.
"Urbano Antillon was my ticket to the championship and I wasn't there to cash it. Tomorrow will be my chance for redemption. My training is okay," said Bobby in a report posted on PhilBoxing.com.
Antillon knocked Bobby out during their showdown in Las Vegas last March.
The younger Pacquiao bounced back five months later to win the WBO Asia Pacific lightweight title by flooring Decho Bankluaygym in August.
Bobby, who currently has 29 wins against 14 losses, now has to beat Frankel to get another title shot.
"I will do all that I can to win tomorrow. This fight will give me the chance for another shot at the crown,” he said.
For his part, trainer Buboy Fernandez believes the younger Pacquiao can go the distance against Frankel (25-9-1, 4KOs).
"[His] conditioning is beautiful. A total of 90 sparring rounds logged. Blow by blow were ready to go the full 10 rounds," said Fernandez, who is also assists Freddie Roach in training the elder Pacquiao.
Bobby’s fight is included in the 36-round card American Metal & Iron's Fight Night presented by West Coast Promotion.
The main event will be a face off between Chika Nakamura of New York City and Tiffany Junot of New Orleans, Louisiana.