Bob Arum Sees "Big Star" Potential in Mercito Gesta

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

Astute Top Rank promoter Bob Arum whose prized possession is pound-for-pound king and “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao believes that his most recent signing, undefeated lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta has an exciting future ahead of him.

Arum told Inquirer “this Filipino kid Gesta is going to be a big star.”

Arum said that Gesta would see action on July 9 on the undercard of the WBA lightweight title fight between Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and Urbano Antillon and that the Gesta fight “will be on the international telecast” which will also be carried in the Philippines by ABS-CBN.

He said he had included the fight of the 23 year old southpaw from Mandaue City on the telecast “so the Filipino people can see him in action” from the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Gesta who is based in San Diego City has a record of 21-0-1 with 11 knockouts and is coming off a dominating win over Mexican journeyman Genaro Trazancos who retired in the third round of a rematch last February 18.

In their first meeting Gesta won by a 7th round knockout.

The promising Filipino who usually winds up his training for a fight by spending a couple of weeks at the Wild Card Gym under Freddie Roach, is the reigning WBO North American Boxing Organization champion. He won the title when his opponent Oscar Meza retired in the fourth round following a vicious body shot from Gesta.

Although no opponent has been picked as yet for Gesta’s Top Rank debut, his co-manager Vince Parra has mentioned the name of former IBF champion Miguel Vazquez, the 24 year old Mexican with a record of 28-3 with 12 knockouts as a possible choice.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Alibata on 06-04-2011

[QUOTE=JAVIERNANDEZ;10642311]you obviously haven't seen the rios-teron fight.teron would actually beat gesta if they met right now [/QUOTE] Yeah Rios is definitely a fighter I am high on right now...…

Comment by AdamantiumPI on 06-04-2011

Too early to tell, he's not ready for someone like Rios yet. He should gradually step up his competition.

Comment by Big Op on 06-04-2011

[QUOTE=Alibata;10642300]Yeah if it weren't for that Acosta fight I wouldn't be agreeing with you right now.... Based on experience and levels of opposition, I can't really refute your opinion.[/QUOTE] you obviously haven't seen the rios-teron fight.teron would actually beat gesta…

Comment by Pinoy4ever on 06-04-2011

Mercito is still young and should have more fights and experience.

Comment by Alibata on 06-04-2011

[QUOTE=JAVIERNANDEZ;10642293]lol brandon rios would kill this dude.if arum sees this big star potential in him he wouldn't put him in there with any top contender[/QUOTE] Yeah if it weren't for that Acosta fight I wouldn't be agreeing with you right…

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