Former featherweight titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa will face southpaw Filipino Michael Farenas on the undercard of the HBO-Pay Per View-televised fourth bout between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8, according to Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.
The matchup between Gamboa (21-0, 16 knockouts), who is 30, and Farenas (34-3-4, 26 KOs), who is 28, is part of an already stacked card that will happen at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The lineup also includes bouts between Mexican IBF lightweight titleholder Miguel Vazquez and undefeated southpaw Mercito Gesta, as well as a clash of unbeaten featherweights Javier Fortuna and Patrick Hyland.
“It’s going to be a great night for the Filipino boxing fans, not only with Pacquiao, but now, with Gesta and Farenas,” said Arum, who also has Filipino-American junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire making an HBO-televised Dec. 15 defense opposite Jorge Arce.
“A week later, we have Nonito Donaire. So they’re becoming one of the most important countries for boxing in the entire world.”
Last November, Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) won an unpopular and highly-disputed majority decision over Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs), who has also battled Pacquiao to a draw and suffered a split-decision loss. Pacquiao is coming off a controversial split-decision loss to Tim Bradley which dethroned him as WBO welterweight beltholder in June.
A Cuban Olympic gold medalist, Gamboa has not been in the ring since last September, when he decisioned current WBC featherweight beltholder Daniel Ponce de Leon.
Farenas is 7-0-1, with two stoppage victories since falling by unanimous decision to Marlon Aguilar in May of 2010.
Vazquez (32-3, 13 KOs), who defended his belt via split-decision over Marvin Quintero last month, will make a the fifth defense of his belt against Gesta (26-0-1, 14 KOs), and Fortuna (20-0, 15 KOs) will pursue his third straight knockout against Hyland (27-0, 12 KOs).
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