George Cambos Jr. will have the burden of the nation on his shoulders against Devin Haney at Marvel Stadium on Sunday, but he may also have legendary former world champion Manny Pacquiao in his corner.
Gretchen Aussie will aim to be the eighth undisputed world champion in all weight categories since the start of the Four-Belt era in 2004, and if things go according to plan, he will have no one but Pacquiao after the boxing legend. He lost his chance to become the President of the Philippines in the recent elections in the country.
Cambosos was Pacquiao’s main sparring partner for three years, with Aussie crediting his time with the boxing superstar for giving him confidence in the early days and for building his self-confidence when it came to fighting Teofimo Lopez last year.
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Pacquiao is no stranger to Australia, having fought Jeff Horn in Brisbane five years ago where he suffered a shock point defeat. Cambosos hopes the presence of the legend will rub him against Haney.
“That’s what I’m hearing he’s coming here,” Cambosos told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I look forward to contacting him. We keep in touch and unfortunately, he did not succeed in pushing for the presidency, but he is a strong man. I am sure he will push for the next election.”
“My time with Manny Pacquiao was invaluable for my career, especially early on.
“I was preparing for my 12th round like him, so when I got to my championship fight, I knew what I had to do to be a world champion.
“He said I was ready to be a world champion then. I heard the best of all time, from a guy like Manny Pacquiao, when he told you you should be a champion now in 2017-18. It gave me extra publicity.”
Cambosos, the bookies’ underdog for his first title defense, has a rematch clause in his contract if he loses to Hani, but if he overtakes the American, his next defense will be at Marvel Stadium in October or November against Vasily Lomachenko, the second battle with the Victorian government. .
Jim Cambosos, the father of the undefeated Sydney champion, said they have plans to hold the event in Sydney after their current contract expires.
“We are the boys of Sydney, we want to do that in Sydney too,” he said.
“The secret is to continue winning, which we are confident we will do against Devin Haney.
“We’ve got a new stadium that will be finished by then in Moore Park at Sydney Football Stadium. It doesn’t have a roof, but I’m sure we can do it when the weather is bad.” A little dry. We want to continue fighting here for a long time. “
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