Two-division world champion Gerry Peñalosa has been a familiar fixture in almost every training camp of Manny Pacquiao in the United States. The two actually even sparred when Pacquiao was preparing for his first-ever shot at the world crown, the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight belt which was then held by Thai legend Chatchai Sasakul. Pacquiao stopped Sasakul in the eighth round to claim the crown back in 1998. On Monday afternoon, Peñalosa opened the doors of his Mandaluyong gym to Pacquiao, who arrived on the same day in Manila after several hours of land trip from Baguio City.
Veteran boxer Gerry Peñalosa failed in his bid to win a third world title after suffering a defeat in the hands of unbeaten World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion Juan Manuel Lopez at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
Peñalosa fought gallantly for nine rounds but was outpunched by the younger Puerto Rican champion.