Mark Magsayo is ready to face the challenge of his life. On Saturday in Atlantic City, the undefeated Filipino will take his first world championship. Although the odds are 4-1 against him, he says he will not disappoint you and will beat American Gary Russell Jr. to take the World Boxing Council’s featherweight crown in the process.
“This is my fight, my biggest fight, and I will do my best to win it and take this opportunity,” Magsayo told DAZN News after Friday’s weigh-in. “I’m very excited about what I’ll be experiencing. I have Manny Pacquiao by my side, who’s been my hero since I was a little boy. My idol, thanks to him, I’m into boxing, so now dedicate this fight to my family and my idol “, said the 26-year-old Filipino fighter with the record 23-0 with 16 knockouts.
After the visit to the scales where Gary Russell had to cut 226 grams to reach the limit on a second attempt, Magsayo became more confident, although he pointed out that this is not his main advantage.
“I’m not worried he did not manage the weight, he did manage on the second try, and there was not much wear and tear. Where my advantage lies is the inactivity that Gary Russell has, because while he was away for two years, I kept three matches, two in the last year. “
“I have to take my chances in this fight, it’s the championship at stake, and my record is undefeated. There are many things at stake. I have to win because this is my goal. The time has come. I” I am here, in the main event, on pay-per-view, live, and that is why I will give my best “, he added.
Magsayo trains under the American legend Freddie Roach and they have prepared a fantastic strategy for someone with Garry Russell’s qualities.
“I’m taller than him (Gary Russell). I’m stronger than him. We have the same speed, but no matter what happens I will give my best in the ring because I know that if I win this fight, will change my “Pacquiao told me to come and give everything in the ring to take home the belt,” he concluded.