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Cebu City, Philippines – During the final press conference for Pinoy Pride 8: Philippines vs. Mexico earlier today at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino, combatants from both sides uttered the word “knockout”when referring to their respective opponents. If they are as good as they promised, fight fans will surely be in for a treat.

As Coach Edito Villamor of Team Philippines pointed out, it’s going to be “war this Saturday.”

Milan “Method Man” Melindo (22-0, 8 KOs), the captain of the Team Philippines, did not shy from saying he will stop his opponent, Francisco “Chiquita” Rosas (22-8-2, 13 KOs). Considered by many as a technically sound pugilist more than a power puncher, Melindo said he is confident that a knockout will come, despite Rosas being the more powerful of the two based on their knockout ratio.

Rosas, who earlier promised to bring “a world of hurt” to Melindo, boasts of a sturdy chin. The Mexican has only lost once by stoppage in eight losses and that defeat was dealt by a pure knockout artist, reigning WBA flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez. He said he is also motivated to win, citing that “a victory over Melindo will earn me a title shot.”

Milan Melindo (left) and Francisco Rosas (right) will try to make good on their promise this Saturday night.

Talented yet raw pugilist Genesis “Azucal” Servania (14-0, 5 KOs) will have his mettle tested as he faces off with the veteran Gerson Guerrero (34-8, 26 KOs).

Guerrero pointed out that his experience will be his huge asset over the 20-year old Servania, who is 14 years his junior, and that a he will administer a boxing lesson to his Filipino counterpart.

However, Servania, whose knockout rate is 35% compared to Guerrero’s 76%, promised to teach his Mexican opponent on how to knock somebody out.

Servania will feel the knockout,” retorted Guerrero.

Perhaps the most exciting and potentially intriguing match up of the series, Jason Pagara (27-1, 16 KOs) versus Rosbel Montoya (34-4-1, 29 KOs) was likened by Mexican interpreter Michael Lopez to the classic Hagler-Hearns fight.

Somebody is going to get knocked out,” Lopez told the press.

Pagara said he never got scared when it was revealed that Montoya sports an impressive record, a far cry than the previously believed 12-2 (11 KOs) slate.

I am well prepared and I am ready to fight,” said Pagara. “I will knock Montoya out any time.”

We’ll see who gets knocked out,” responded Montoya.

We’ll see.

Pinoy Pride 8: Philippines vs. Mexico will be held on Saturday 10th, 2011, 6PM, at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Cebu City, Philippines. Replay of the event will be aired on ABS-CBN at 10AM.

Photo credits: Phil Boxing

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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.