Keep coming back here for updates after each undercard fight on Saturday's HBO pay-per-view broadcast of Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez 4. We'll begin with the off-TV portion of the show airing on TopRank.TV, highlighted by an appearance from Dodie Boy Penalosa of the Fightin' Filipino Penalosa fam. The other highlights of the broadcast undercard include the 50 Cent-promoted phenom Yuriorkis Gamboa, and the Snooki-promoted Patrick Hyland against top prospect Javier Fortuna. NOTE for those with questions about start time: We will update minutes after each fight, so after we post results from the final undercard fight of the evening, Gamboa-Michael Farenas, look for Pacquiao-Marquez 4. Don't expect it before midnight ET.
We'll go in reverse chronological order.
You gotta like what Dodie Boy Penalosa, Jr. did to did against Jesus Lule Raya in a featherweight bout, and I don't think you have to have my soft spot for the Penalosa family like I do to be impressed. In the 1st round, he came out firing super-quick punches, landing almost everything. Raya, to his credit, decided it was no longer time to sit around and get out-quicked, so he began pushing Penalosa backward in the 2nd, even cornering him on the ropes and landing some body shots. But this is what trying gets you, when you're overmatched: knocked out. Penalosa, with his back to the ropes, dug a left hook to Penalosa's body and then came upstairs with a killer right hook that put Raya down and immediately convinced the referee that he was in no shape to continue. One caveat: Penalosa's competition in his 10 fights has been rough-looking even for a young prospect. But you have to like the speed, and you have to like this finish.
Ernie Sanchez, who has been working in Pacquiao's camp, failed to impress me in a featherweight tilt against Coy Evans. He's just 20 years old, so there's room for improvement, and he did win, by scores of 77-74 and 78-73 twice. Sanchez scored a knockdown in one of the early rounds (couldn't get the Top Rank stream to work for a bit), only for Evans to come back and win a couple rounds in the middle of the eight-round bout. Evans said he hurt his hand, though, and maybe that helped slow him down after that. Sanhez has just five knockouts in 14 wins, and he isn't really even that sharp a boxer or that fast, but, yeah, 20 years old. During the fight, Top Rank showed some highlights in infrared. I don't know that is terribly useful. I once saw a porn in infrared