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Fortune befriends the bold.” – Emily Dickinson

Exactly 10 years ago, then scrawny brawler Manny Pacquiao took a fight that would take his boxing career into a huge turn as he took on and brutalized then IBF super bantamweight title holder Lehlohonolo Ledwaba inside six rounds.

It was a fight that Pacquiao and his crew took 2 weeks prior. Pacquiao, who was then the WBC International super bantamweight champion, was a mere replacement and Ledwaba was a highly respected champion. It was a bout Pacquiao was supposed to lose, simply because he was a nobody.

But Pacquiao did not and he is now the toast of the boxing world.

In less than to weeks, Edrin “The Sting” Dapudong (22-3, 13 KOs) will embark on another journey to claim glory and honor in Mexico. This time, it will be against highly vaunted Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (30-2, 23 KOs). Up for grabs is Marquez’s WBA world flyweight belt. A dangerous power puncher, Marquez has been stopped only once – TKO loss to Pacquiao’s heir apparent Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire.

Many have voiced their concern over Dapudong\s decision to take this fight against Marquez. For one, the M’lang, Cotabato native is still coming off from a fresh victory over Indonesian flyweight champion Benja Leomoli last June 6th. Two, Dapudong needed more time to prepare against Marquez, considering that his opponent is a world champion and a world title is on the line.

But Pacquiao did not have the luxury to prepare for Ledwaba on that fateful night on June 23rd, 2001. He was simply himself – unrefined but eager; unpolished yet undeterred. And Dapudong will also have his share of his lack of preparation and training. He will have to do what he has against a world champion come July 2nd.

Two weeks prior notice may not be enough. But such opportunity, one that has been seemingly thrown to Dapudong’s lap by the powers that be, is so hard not to ignore. The Sting, who has been fighting since 2005, is ripe and ready for such a grand moment. In less than two weeks, Philippines will have another world champion in its roster.

Fight night will be held on July 2nd, 2011 at the Centro de Usos Múltiples, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico

Phot credits: PhilBoxing.com

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Kenneth P. Ragpala is an award-winning sports blogger who has been covering the sport of boxing since 2008. His works have appeared in local newspapers in his home city in Cagayan de Oro and in several online publications abroad. Ragpala has written for several boxing websites, namely Fight Hype, 8 Count News, and Bleacher Report.