Sunday, September 11, 2011

Images from AC: Yuriorkis Gamboa gets past De Leon, calls for Manny Pacquiao

source: Chris Robinson |

Earlier tonight at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, former WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa won an eight-round technical decision over very capable former champion Daniel Ponce De Leon. Despite winning nearly every round on all three judges’ cards, Gamboa failed to deliver an emphatic performance against the sturdy De Leon.

Once thought to be in line for a dream fight against Juan Manuel Lopez, Gamboa saw those plans unravel when the Puerto Rican was upset in April by unheralded yet resilient Orlando Salido. Knowing that his options in the featherweight limit are running thin, Gamboa told HBO’s Max Kellerman following the win that he was looking four divisions north towards a possible fight with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.

Wishful thinking for Gamboa, to say the least. Pacquiao is in line for a November 12th date with Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, and if successful people will be pointing towards him meeting Floyd Mayweather Jr.

All Gamboa can do is fight on and weigh his options from this point forward.