Manny Pacquiao partners with Ringstar Asia in first co-promoted event to take place in Manila on March 23, 2019 in Resorts World Manila

Scott Farrell, Manny Pacquiao
Scott Farrell, Manny Pacquiao

Eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is set to step up his game as a promoter with his first co-promoted venture with Singapore-based boxing promotion Ringstar Asia. The first co-promoted fight of his MP Promotions is set to take place at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on March 23, 2019.

“I love your vision with Ringstar Asia,” Pacquiao told Ringstar Asia founder and CEO Scott Farrell. “We are looking forward to working with you to build the next world champions in boxing.”

The fight card will be headlined by International Boxing Organization Bantamweight Champion Michael “Gloves on Fire” Dasmarinas, who is under Ringstar’s banner. He is set to face Kenny Demecillo in an International Boxing Federation world title eliminator.

Initially, Dasmarinas’s fight was set in Singapore. It was reset and launched as the headliner in the initial salvo of Pacquiao and Farrell.

“I saw this as a great opportunity to launch the partnership between Ringstar and Manny Pacquiao Promotions,” Farrell stated. “Who wouldn’t take the chance to launch a partnership with the one and only eight-division world champion and Senator Manny Pacquiao? I would have moved my event to an even earlier date or to Mars if I had to.  The man is a fighting legend and highly respected all over the world and across all sports.”

The fight also features top Singaporean boxer Muhamad “The Chosen Wan” Ridhwan, who currently holds a professional boxing record of 11 wins and 1 loss. He will face Cris Leon.

Here are the other matches on the fight card:

  • Junior flyweight: Ronnie Balnonado vs Elias Joaquino
  • Junior welterweight: Lei Wang vs Adam Diu Abdulhamid
  • Junior bantamweight: Aries Buenavidez vs Lony Cadayday
  • Flyweight: Juston Darap vs Enrique Magsalin
  • Minimumweight: Jayson Brillo vs Joel Cago
  • Flyweight: Raymark Jay Ibones vs Henry Lumanan
  • Junior bantamweight: Luis Borje vs Bernie Aday

Meanwhile, here is Ridhwan in a workout in the Philippines in 2018:

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Scott Farrell: Ringstar’s Michael Dasmarinas has much power, good chin

Michael Dasmarinas, Kenny Demecillo, Reymond Yanong, Rey Caitom, Lorenz Michael Romarante

One of the young Filipino boxers continuing the legacy of boxing legend Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, 40, of General Santos City, Philippines is Michael “Gloves on Fire” Dasmarinas, 26, of Pili, Camarines Sur, Philippines. The latter is currently signed with Ringstar Boxing, a Singapore-based sports management and boxing promotions outfit founded by Scott Farrell.

“The world is starting to know that Michael ‘Gloves on Fire’ Dasmarinas does have a lot of power and a good chin,” Farrell stated. “As a fighter, Michael has shown that he is vulnerable against a busy fighter but that’s the only real hard criticism I have about him.”

“In the past, he hasn’t been recognized or celebrated as much as the other world champions from the Philippines, and often overlooked,” Farrell continued. “But now, that he is with Ringstar, this is changing rapidly, and Michael and his fights are receiving global interest.”

“I truly believe Michael has the talent to go all the way,” the Ringstar Boxing CEO added. “But he needs to focus more on his craft and improve another 1000 percent if he is truly going to be a world-renowned great fighter.”

Holding a professional boxing record of 28 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw, Dasmarinas will co-headline “Ridhwan Ambunda II-The Rematch” on March 29, 2019 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. He and Kenny “Big Heart” Demecillo, 26, of Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, who has 14 wins, 4 losses and 2 draws, will compete for an International Boxing Federation world title eliminator fight.

Speaking about the upcoming bout between Dasmarinas and Demecillo in Singapore, Farrell said the first word that springs to mind is tough. The Ringstar Boxing CEO said, “This fight for the IBF number one spot and a chance to face the IBF world champion is going to be one very tough fight for both Michael and Kenny.”

“Michael will need to hurt Kenny early in my opinion or it could be a very painful night for the ‘Gloves on Fire’ power puncher,” Farrell shared. “However, Michael is in this position for a reason. He needs to prove to everyone that he belongs in the top world rankings and that he deserves a shot at the title.”

“As for Kenny, from what I have researched, he is absolutely brave, relentless, and can take plenty of hard shots,” Farrell said of Dasmarinas’s opponent. “He has some great combinations, and if he sticks to his game plan and doesn’t get caught, he could end up winning the fight.”

Three more Filipino boxers are on the “Ridhwan Ambunda II-The Rematch” card namely Reymond Yanong, 25, Rey “The Future” Caitom, 32, and Lorenz Michael “Magic Mike” Romarante, 26. Tickets, which range from $38-$118 and go on sale February 1, 2019 on Sports Hub.

Meanwhile, watch one of Dasmarinas’s previous Ringstar Boxing bouts here:

Scott Farrell explains how UFC inspires Ringstar Boxing

Scott Patrick Farrell
Scott Patrick Farrell

Boxing has been in Scott Patrick Farrell’s heart since he was a little kid in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, England. Fate eventually brought him to Asia where he established Ringstar Boxing, a boxing promotion headquartered in Singapore

As a leader in the sports industry, Farrell looks up to the American mixed martial arts promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship. He wants Ringstar Boxing to do in boxing what the UFC did in MMA.

“You gotta have 100 percent belief in yourself and your vision,” Farrell stated. “The reason so many fail is they are not committed. They only see what’s in front of them at that moment in time.”

“From the very beginning, I have visualized my promotion to be valued in the billions even before I knew what I would name it,” Farrell added. “I have never doubted my ability as a man to bring the great sport of boxing to every home in Asia. I will bring the great fights people want to see, good 50-50 matchmaking where the fights are important and the titles mean something again.”

MMA has seemed to get bigger and bigger with countless promotions springing up all over the world. Farrell was not blind to this trend but outside of one particular MMA promotion, he has never been much of a believer that the trend will outlast a historic sport such as boxing.

“(The) UFC (has) amazing branding and some even greater fights and just very smart people that saw a real opportunity and maximized it,” Farrell said. “Any other MMA promotion is a very poor second place in my opinion.”

In MMA, there are two promotions that come to mind when it comes to the top list of the best after the UFC. These are ONE Championship and Bellator MMA.

“There are so many strengths in boxing,” Farrell said. “I ask you, how many heroes of MMA have the same appeal as (Muhammad) Ali, (George) Foreman or (Joe) Frazier? In fact, are they even called heroes or worthy of that label?”

At this point, Farrell has five successful promotions already under his belt. He knows his journey to boxing greatness in Asia and the world is just beginning but he likes what he has seen so far.

The Ringstar Boxing CEO admitted that he has lost everything more than once in his life and while he is not perfect, he tries to improve on who he is every day. He said, “The only thing in my whole life that has never left me, or have I lost, is my love for boxing and its love for me in return.”

“We are already a global broadcast and I haven’t even really started yet,” Farrell declared. “Just watch out in 2019 as this is where I will make my mark.”

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Ringstar Boxing, Manny Pacquiao to resurrect ‘Thrilla in Manila’ in 2019?

Scott Farrell, Manny Pacquiao
Scott Farrell, Manny Pacquiao

“Thrilla in Manila” was the last part of the boxing trilogy featuring the late legends Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. It is one of the best events in the sport’s history and Ringstar Boxing CEO Scott Farrell has expressed his intention to resurrect it with Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, 39.

Ringstar Boxing was founded by Farrell in 2016. He recently announced, “I would like to bring the ‘Thrilla’ back to Manila like it was back in 1975 with Muhammad Ali.”

Ali became the World Boxing Association/World Boxing Council/The Ring/Lineal Heavyweight Champion by knocking out Frazier at “Thrilla in Manila” on October 1, 1975. The historic sports event took place at the Philippine Coliseum, now known as the Araneta Coliseum, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

On July 15, 2018, Pacquiao became the new World Boxing Association Regular Welterweight Champion by knocking out Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse, 35, of Argentina at “Fight of Champions.” Produced by MP Productions, the event took place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“I want to give the people of the Philippines the chance to watch their own hero and boxing legend Senator Manny Pacquiao defend his belt or fight for another world title on his home ground,” Farrell stated. “Let’s make this even bigger and more productive and donate all ticket sales to the Manny and Jinkee Foundation and really make everything about his fight a positive step forward not only for the sport but also for the people of the Philippines.”

“I have worked tirelessly to put Asian boxing on the world map,” the Ringstar Boxing CEO added. “This would be another gigantic step in my mission. Come on, MP promotions. Let’s sit down and discuss something truly incredible and very achievable.”

If Pacquiao’s next bout takes place in Manila in 2019, it will be his 70th professional boxing match. Watch the “Fight of Champions” press conference in the Philippines here:

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