Run down on Froilan Saludar, one of The Philippines hotter prospects
A sure way to tell a boxing superstar is when the search for his replacement begins before he retires. “The Next Manny Pacquiao” was anointed even before Pacman had reached the lofty heights of the pound-for-pound number one slot, wonder boy Nonito Donaire named the heir apparent before either man had begun to peak. But that isn’t enough for a nation as boxing mad as The Philippines. The very definition of the globalization of our sport, The Land of The Morning unashamedly pursues “The Next Pacquiao” through a series of cards backed by the country’s leading promoter, Sammy Gello-ani. A boxing powerhouse boasting 10 Ring ranked fighters, the Philippines is outgunned in this department only by the US (33) and Mexico (27), who seem to remain untouchable at the top of boxing’s tree, and Japan and the UK, who have 16 and 12 respectively. So expecting the next next Pacquiao to come from their country is perhaps not unreasonable, even if they already have the next one.
Not least because they are the only country actively looking.