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Milan “Method Man” Melindo (25-0, 9 KOs) may not be a power puncher, but his methodical approach has earned him more than just mere accolades. His surgical and precise strikes and seemingly innate ability to read an opponent so well have been the bane of those who were assigned to beat him. Needless to say, all 25of them failed in that regard.

One does not need to be a rocket scientist to see that Melindo is more than ready for a world title fight. Attesting to that fact is his victories over two former world champions,  Muhammad Rachman of Indonesia and Carlos Tamara of Argentina, and a former world title contender in Rosendo Vega of Mexico. The intelligent prizefighter from Cagayan de Oro City is more than done with acid tests.

Ranked as one of the top 10 best flyweights today by the WBC, WBO, and WBA,  it is easy to make an argument why Melindo deserves t have a title shot in 2012. The thing is, most of the elite fighters in his division are not so eager to share the ring with him.

Bannering Pinoy Pride XI, Melindo will be facing Mexico’s Juan Esquer (27-9-2, 21 KOs) with the former’s WBO Intercontinental flyweight crown on the the line. The latter has faced topnotch opposition including world titlists Ivan Calderon, Hernan Marquez, and Tamara. Esquer has been with the bad boys and as logic follows, a victory by Melindo will give the latter more market value in the boxing scene.

But will a win guarantee an inch closer to a world title shot? Perhaps. As Michael Aldeguer of ALA Promotions, Melindo’s promotional outfit, said in prior interviews,”many see Melindo as a huge threat with little rewards.” At this point, avoiding a fight with the Melindo is either seen as a strategic move or a plain case of ducking.

It is becoming apparent that battling the Method Man is now a very risky proposition for champions and top ranked contenders in the flyweight division. Esquer may add some luster to Melindo’s growing resume. But for him to rise to the ranks and a shot at a world championship, Melindo needs big fights with bigger names.

Every Filipino boxing fans know that Melindo has passed all acid tests he has been through with flying colors. However, unless the so-called badasses in the flyweight house man up, Melindo remains to be a force to reckon with. The key term here is “remain”.

Photo credits: BoxRec.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.