Rimar Metuda and Alvin Lagumbay. Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

MANILA, Philippines – It will be a battle of overpowered and well-traveled southpaws when Manny Pacquiao Presents: Blow-by-Blow takes the spotlight on Friday at General Santos City's Oval Plaza.

In the main event of the slugfest, experienced internationalists Rimar Metuda and Alvin Lagumbay battle for the Games and Amusements Board-Philippine super lightweight crown.

Metuda fought in China, Japan and Russia, while Lagumbay also campaigned in Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Bermuda.

The event takes place two days before the birthday of boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, who turns 45 on Sunday.

“Once again, Blow By Blow allows Filipino fighters to showcase their wares,” Pacquiao said after the official weigh-in on Thursday.

It is tradition for the eight-division champion to stage fights before his birthday, but this edition is even more special as the weekly program promises to be an eventful event.

Now entering its second year on mainstream television, Blow-By-Blow was revived by Pacquiao in November 2022 with a grand launch in General Santos City.

Since his return, Blow-By-Blow has been held not only in Metro Manila but also in the provinces, a move that is in line with Pacquiao's vision.

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