EXACTLY 15 years ago today, Cebu lost a valuable contributor in boxing – the trainer of many boxing champions and Olympians Paciano “Noy Pacing” Flores, who succumbed to cardiac arrest while doing his works in a boxing promotion in Cawayan, Masbate in March 2004.
Today, the kids that he once touched, taught and moulded from the rough to become champions in the ring, will gather to pay tribute to his 15th year death anniversary, which was also dubbed as the “1st Reunion/Get Together – Noy Pacing Flores Boxing Gym,” in Sudlon, Alang-Alang, Mandaue City, starting at 5p.m. following a mass celebration at the St. Joseph Parish.
Noy Pacing has been training many kids in Mandaue City all his life up until the time of his death. His final job was working as second to Romeo Buhawi who lost to Dondon Lapuz in a main event of the card promoted by Rex Wakee Salud for Cawayan, Masbate.
While Buhawi was knocked down by Lapuz on the eighth round, Flores also collapsed at the corner that prompted his son Brix and Willy to rush their father to the hospital. Buhawi failed to beat the 10 counts and lost by knockout, just as the older Flores lost his battle for his life as he was pronounced dead due of massive cardiac arrest, shortly after midnight. He was 74 at the time of his death.
According to today’s event organizers, spouses Brix and Joy Flores, champion boxers that includes Edito “Ala” Villamor, his brother Edmund who are now the chief trainer of ALA Gym and also a maker of champions, have confirmed their attendance along with the other boxers who have started punching their way to prominence.
Among the boxers that Noy Pacing trained and became world champions were Malcolm Tunacao (WBC Flyweight), his older brother Noel (IBO minimum weight), Rodel Mayol (WBC light flyweight) and Joma Gamboa (WBA minimum weight), regional champions Reviro Santillan (OPBF welterweight), Eriberto “Yukka” Gejon (WBA Fedelatin minimum weight), Randy Suico (OPBF Super featherweight, Lightweight and super lightweight) and Philippine champions Elmer Gejon (Philippine minimum weight) among others.
Olympians and brothers Arlo and Ronald Chavez also started punching mitts and hitting bags with under the watch of Noy Pacing. At his humble makeshift gym in front of his house in Sudlon, Alang-Alang, Noy Pacing equipped the young boys with skills as their weapons in their chosen field but only those who had in-born skills, heart and determination made it to the pinnacle of success.
Among the special guests who are expected tonight is boxing patron Antonio Lopez Aldeguer, who had tasked the Floreses to work with the first batch of the world-renown ALA Boys.