June 13, 2017 7:51pm
Three years ago, Vince Paras was just another kid in the streets of General Santos City hanging around boxing gyms, hoping to get a glimpse of Manny Pacquiao’s training.
Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach decided to help him out, giving him boxing gloves and even training him a little.
Today, Paras is one of the top young boxing prospects in the country, having won the WBO Asia Pacific Youth Flyweight Championship with an unbeaten record of 11-0.
On his reunion with Roach, Paras expressed his gratitude for the help of the legendary fight strategist.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa kaniya. Sabi ko sa kaniya, yung gloves na binigay niya nasa akin pa,” Paras said in a report by Mav Gonzales on “24 Oras” on Tuesday.
Roach, for his part, was proud to see the young man putting the help to good use.
“He was a young man when I met him. He was living on the street. I took care of him. I gave him gloves and he used them for a good thing,” Roach said.
“He had a rough life but everything’s going well now. He’s been winning championships.”
For his part, Paras said Roach and Pacquiao continue to be his inspiration.
“Isa siya sa inspirasyon ko sa boxing. Pati si Sir Manny. Prodigy kasi taga-Labangal ako. Taga-Labangal din siya,” said Paras, who had a chance to meet the Filipino senator and fight icon. —JST, GMA News