By ALEX P. VIDAL
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Cebuano Rodel Mayol (27-5-2, 21 KOs) will be the only Filipino prizefighter who will see action in the eight-fight undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley 12-round WBO welterweight main event on May 7 at the MGM Grand.
The 29-year-old former WBC lightflyweight champion now based in Los Angeles, California, will face Javier Gallo (17-3-1, 9 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico for 8 rounds in a non-title scrapper.
Mayol, a former protege of Cebu boxing patron Antonio L. Aldeguer, is fresh from a 7th round TKO win over Pompetch Twins Gym at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines on Nov. 5, 2010.
He won the WBC tiara with a second round disposal of Edgar Sosa on Nov. 21, 2009 in Palenque de la Feria, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico.
Mayol successfully kept his title with a 3rd round technical draw against Omar Nino Romero on Feb. 27, 2010 at the Coliseo Olimpico de la UG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
In a rematch on June 19, 2010, Mayol yielded the throne to the same Romero via 12-round unanimous decision at the Plaza de Toros, San Juan del Rio, Queretaro, Mexico.
The Mayol-Gallo fracas won’t be shown “live” on HBO which will feature only on a “pay-per-view” the three main undercards — Ray Narh vs Mike Alvarado for 10-round WBC Continental Americas super lightweight championship; Alfonso Lopez vs Kelly Pavlik for 10-round super middleweight none-title duel; and Jorge Arce vs Wildredo Vazquez 12-round WBO super bantamweight title fight.
Hawaii’s Leon Panoncillo will supervise the Pacquiao-Mosley WBO welterweight championship.