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Freddie Roach: Frankie Gomez will be going to Philippines to spar with Manny Pacquiao

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Undefeated welterweight Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (19-0, 13 KOs) hosted a Los Angeles media workout at Wild Card Boxing Club with his trainer Freddie Roach, ahead of his Feb. 5 10-round, co-main event fight against Silverio “Chamaco III” Ortiz (29-16, 15 KOs).

FRANKIE “PITBULL” GOMEZ, Undefeated Welterweight Contender:

“I’m ready for the fight, I’ve been training hard. I’m as focused as ever. I train two or three times a day, and I’m at the gym every day.

“On February 5, it’s going to be a war, I know that Ortiz is a tough fighter; he’s durable.

“Last year was a bad year for me but I’m looking forward to putting it behind me in 2016. I want to stay active this year and fight as many times as I can. Hopefully I can fight for a world title before the end of this year.”


“I hope Frankie rises this year to what he should be. He can beat all these guys, that’s how good he is.

“After this fight, I’m taking Frankie to the Philipines with me for training camp. It’s a hard place to be for 8 weeks but he’s going to do it. He will be sparring with Manny (Pacquiao) over there to train. He has sparred with him in the past and has done well the first few rounds but then Manny takes over.

“I’ve seen Frankie’s talent and he’s ready to take on tougher fighters. I told Golden Boy Promotions after this fight on Feb. 5, let’s pick it up. If it’s not now, it’s never going to happen.”

In the main event on Feb. 5, hometown hero and former IBF Bantamweight World Champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) will make his grand return to the ring in a 10-round super bantamweight bout against Ruben Garcia (15-1-1, 6 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico, televised live nationally on Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV.