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San Manuel and Manny Pacquiao Host Night of Boxing

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By Jon D. Gaede, BVN Sports –

Highland - Professional boxing, the ‘Sweet Science’ has had to share the stage with cage fighting and mixed marshal art formats in recent years, but on Thursday night at San Manuel, it was purely boxing.

The fight card selected by Top Rank and hosted by welterweight champion and fighter of the decade, Manny Pacquiao. Over 2,000 fight fans packed San Manuel’s Yuhaviatam room as Pacquiao climbed into the ring to open the evening.

Pacquiao, who recently defeated Pomona’s Sugar Shane Mosely, will defend his title against Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12th in Las Vegas.

The seven-bout fight card was competitive and kept the crowd interested and motivated toward the main event.

The three top fights of the evening, all involved Filipino fighters. In his third professional fight, welterweight Javier Albonica won a four round decision over Anthony McDavitt. In a flyweight bout, Richie Mepranum won his 23rd fight in a decisive fourth round TKO over Rigoberto Casillas.

Each fight seemed to progress in quality and intensity as the main event featured San Diego’s Aaron Garcia against another quality Filipino, Bernabe Concepcion. The WBC Continental America’s Title would be on the line.

Both fighters traded accurate body and headshots for most of the 10 rounds. Garcia did hurt his opponent in the 6th however; Concepcion was able to open up a cut with a series of precision headshots in the 9th.

The record San Manuel crowd roared to their feet for the 9th and 10th rounds. As the judge’s decision was read. As their corner hoisted each fighter up, the unanimous decision and title belt went to Concepcion for his 31st win and a Filipino sweep.

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