BERNABE Concepcion may be one of the most promising fighters from Philippines but World Boxing Organization featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez isn’t bothered by his challenger when they meet this Sunday.
“Like Mexican fighters, Filipinos are also brave,” the undefeated Puerto Rican told fightnews.com. “I have respect for Concepcion, but we’ll resolve the matter in the ring. He throws punches from all angles Pacquiao-style, but Concepcion isn’t Pacquiao.”
Concepcion is coming in as the underdog against Lopez at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico but the 22-year-old Filipino warrior is guided by the best – Pacquiao himself, who gave him a few tips--and trainer Buboy Fernandez.
“I am honored to fight a great champion like Juan Manuel Lopez in his home, but I have come to win and take the title back to the Philippines. This is the most important fight of my career and I have prepared like never before for this fight,” said the hard-hitting Concepcion.
Although Concepcion is no Pacquiao, the 27-year-old Lopez isn’t taking any chances of the young Filipino stealing his belt.
“It should be a great fight because we both come to fight and I know how strong and tough Bernabe Concepcion is. I will not underestimate him. I worked very hard to get to this level and I will never take anything for granted,” he said.
On the other hand, Nonito Donaire Jr. will be defending his interim World Boxing Association super flyweight crown on the same fight card against Mexican Hernan Marquez.
Like Lopez, Donaire isn’t taking his opponent lightly even though Marquez is off a loss to Filipino Richie Mepranum.
“All Mexican fighters are brave, so I don’t underestimate them.
Marquez is coming off a loss flyweight and that makes him more dangerous. But we’re prepared for everything. I also have power in my fists and I’m ready to defend my title,” he said.
This will be Donaire’s last fight at the 115-pound weight division. He plans to move up and face the likes of Fernando Montiel, Jorge Arce and Vic Darchinyan.