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By Lewis Watson, Realsport101.com

At 22, Mark Magsayo is looking to become the new darling of Filipino boxing as Manny Pacquiao’s light begins to fade. For decades now, Manny Pacquiao has transcended boxing in The Philippines becoming a national icon inside and outside of the ring; his imminent retirement from the sport opens up the door for a new leading light in Filipino boxing.

Filipino boxer Mark Magsayo, right, lands a shot against durable Japanese veteran Shota Hayashi. Photo: Sunstar Cebu

Young and undefeated

Formally signing with ALA Promotions of Cebu in 2013, the Boholano native currently holds an 18-0 professional record and with just four years of professional contests under his belt “Magnifico” Magsayo has plenty of time for development within the sport.

With Pacquiao starting his career at flyweight, the rangier and naturally stronger Magsayo is currently plying his trade at featherweight. At 126lbs, Magsayo is expected to move up the divisions throughout his career as he grows into his body; 22 years of age is too young to settle on a weight division with any real confidence.

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