Can Inoue Deliver Exactly What Pacquiao Has Done In His Debut Fight In America Some Two Decades Ago?
There is only one Manny Pacquiao, but the man nicknamed “Monster” is expected to follow Pacquiao’s path to boxing glory in his second fight in the United States on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Japanese sensation Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16 KOs) has many things comparable to Manny Pacquiao as a boxer: speed, power, explosiveness, and killer instinct. Inoue is establishing himself well in the bantamweight division, a weight class that Pacquiao has also been dominating in the past before moving up to the higher weight divisions.
Pacquiao fought on American soil for the first time on June 23, 2001 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas Nevada. No one knows about him then, but after his sensational dismantling of Lehlo Ledwaba for the IBF super bantamweight title, many boxing fans and sports analysts would love to see more of him inside the ring. If Pacquiao had lost that fight, things probably would have been different for him. We probably never would have heard from him again, or if he’s still fighting and winning, he probably never would have been as great as he is known today.
Or if Pacquiao had lost that fight, he could still become as great as he is known today if he continues to win great fights and as long as Freddie Roach is his coach in his boxing campaign in the United States. But winning a debut fight in a sensational way is something else. It’s a fighter’s way of announcing to the boxing world that he shouldn’t be taken lightly because he has what it takes to become a great fighter.
Although it would be Inoue’s second fight in America on Saturday, much remains to be seen of what he is actually capable of and whether he could deliver exactly what Pacquiao has done in his debut fight in the United States some two decades ago. Australia’s Jason Moloney, who has a record of 21 wins, 1 loss and 18 by knockout, is not an easy opponent for Inoue. Moloney also dreams of becoming one of the greats, and believes that the best way to do that is to fight the best and win.
In an interview with The Ring, Moloney was quoted as saying, “It’s a dream come true. This is the opportunity I’ve worked for all my life.” The 29-year-old Australian boxer is well aware of his opponent’s ability, but is not intimidated. “Inoue is an exceptional fighter with great speed and knockout power, but all fighters have a weakness and no fighter is unbeatable.”
Moloney is labeled the underdog against Inoue, but his attitude as a challenger belongs to that of a true champion. “I love being the underdog and I love proving people wrong,” Moloney said. “My confidence and faith come from 17 years of hard work and sacrifice. I have dedicated my life to this sport, all for this moment.”
Moloney also shows great confidence when he volunteered to challenge Inoue when the Inoue-Casimero card schedule for April 25 failed to materialize. And it seems like he’s all the way up for a big surprise. “This is it for me. This is my chance to make all my dreams come true,” explained Moloney. “I have given my all to this sport and this is the opportunity that I have been working for. Winning this fight will change my life and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m ready to surprise the world.”