Irish, Aussie, Japanese, and Polish boxing all have giant dedicated threads with posts numbering in quadruple or even quintuple digits. There hasn't been one for the embattled Filipino contingent (for so long, perhaps to an unjust degree, conflated with the Pacquiao fan-base embroiled with Mayweather's in years of disruptive flame-wars) in a long time now. So welcome - or welcome back. (I still firmly believe this emoticon ought to be named the :bula: after @bulakenyo, who brought it to the admins' attention) Now, let's take stock of the current scene. Pac-Man is winding down. This year he will either rematch Horn, or face his BobFather's new cash-cow if Crawford beats Horn first - or maybe he'll go the McGregor route attempting to one-up his old rival PBF. Either way, another trip or two into the ring, and by 2019 he will be in his forties, rich, and likely have scratched the "fighting itch" down to a tolerable baseline so he can focus on politics & family. So whom else does that leave to carry the blue, scarlet, white & gold mantle in his stead? We've got Nonito Donaire still trucking. He debuted when Pac was a former (then just 1 division) world champ already, six years a veteran of the sport, campaigning in his fifth weight class with a record of 32-2 (23) - and yet Donaire is no spring chicken himself. The Flash is now 35 and heading into a crossroads showdown with Carl Frampton. Losing here probably spells the end of the road for the maestro counter-puncher, now in his own 5th weight class. If he springs the upset, however, there is a chance the prize could be a crack at WBO featherweight champ Óscar Valdez (whom Donaire was supposed to meet ten months ago, so maybe this is fate circling back around...if he gets past the Jackal). We've got Donnie "Ahas" Nietes, also 35, putting the finishing touches on a career that has been much quieter than Donaire's but perhaps no less HOF worthy - maybe the most lengthily* if not severely underrated man (*in terms of how long the media outside the Philippines has ignored him, proportionate to his talent and in-ring accomplishments) in the sport. He takes on Cotón Reveco next month in what should be a two-way highly technical chess match. Being a near-contemporary of Pacquiao and Donaire, however, and originating from the same flyweight range - he is probably nearing the last chapter. He is clearly the best flyweight in the world at the moment and has nothing more to prove after 15 years in the ring - going undefeated in the last fourteen of those! Speaking of flyweights - Donaire's old nemesis (shame they never fought professionally) Brian "Hawaiian Punch" Viloria is still hanging around. He's challenging Artem Dalakian in a few weeks for the vacant WBA title, which could be the shot in the arm his legacy sorely needs. An even more dramatic boost would be taking a gamble and jumping to super flyweight, hoping Chocolatito has been more ruined by the consecutive Wangek losses than he's letting on, and perhaps striking while the iron still burns to get some cold revenge for the loss he dealt Viloria in 2015. Up one division, we've got Jerwin Ancajas set to make his fourth defense of the IBF world title exactly two weeks from tomorrow. A lot of knowledgeable boxing people are very high on him, and he's riding a hell of a wave of good form, unbeaten in just shy of six years. Speaking of that one loss... It came at the hands of Mark Anthony Geraldo. The bull-strong, fiery southpaw is experiencing a rough patch, losing four of his last seven, but he's still a dangerous fringe player and dark horse IMO. Then, we've got Geraldo's coach @ the Elorde Gym in Manila - one Edison Berwela. He's a journeyman, with a record so deep in the red you wouldn't expect to ever see his name mentioned in the same breath as greats like Pacquiao, Donaire, and Nietes - but the upset he scored last night was the sweetest triumph Pinoy boxing has seen in ages. Read about it here: This content is protected Tomorrow, another Filipino journeyman has the opportunity to score an upset on the road over a much younger man with hometown advantage, when Glenn Porras goes to Mexico to meet Emanuel Navarrete in a beIN Sport Español main event. Navarrete has a tidy puncher's record but Porras will be a major step up for him. That's enough to start...take it away, kaibigang!