By Jhonny Gonzalez
Wilfredo Vazquez Sr., trainer and father of WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo "Papito" Vazquez Jr., likes his son's upcoming fight with former two division champ Jorge 'Travieso' Arce. The clash happens on the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley undercard on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Vazquez Sr. thinks Arce may have bitten off a bigger bite than he is physically capable of handling by challenging one of the toughest opponents at 122-pounds. Arce spent a good portion of his career at 108-pounds. Vazquez Sr. says there is a chance that Arce tries to add mass to become bigger than Papito but they are not going to play that game.
"Maybe Arce eats a lot and gets up to 140 pounds [after the weigh-in] but that would be better for us. Papito will not put on more than 132-pounds because I want him to be mobile in the ring," Vazquez Sr. told Jose Sanchez. "He is a tough fighter, but Papito has the youth, the punch, the desire and the boxing ability. Arce is not the same fighter, his time has passed."
However, Vazquez, Jr., with a record of 20-0 and 17 knockouts, is not paying attention to the factor of weight, but he sees a lot of physical advantages in his favor to beat Arce, 56-6-2 with 43 KOs.
"He has the experience, but I have the stamina, I have the desire, speed and the power. I saw two or three rounds of [tape] when Arce was at his peak. He is not the same now," Vazquez Jr. said.