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Diego Pacheco ready to put on a show for his hometown fans against Marcelo Coceres on Saturday night

Diego Pacheco
July 7, 2023; Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; Diego Pacheco celebrates his win over Manuel Gallegos after their fight at the Cintermex in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom.

Super middleweight contender Diego Pacheco 19-0 (16) will have his third fight in a third different country this year when he takes on Marcelo Coceres 32-5-1 (18) at the YouTube Theater in Los Angeles, California on Saturday night.

Back in March the 22-year-old American travelled to England where he knocked out Jack ‘Little Lever’s Meat Cleaver’ Cullen 22-4-1 (10) with body shots in four rounds in Liverpool.

Four months later he was back in action in Monterrey, Mexico when he knocked out Manuel Gallegos 19-2-1 (16), again with a body punch and again in the fourth round.

Pacheco was born in Los Angeles but fights out of Renton, Washington. The last time Pacheco boxed in LA was back in 2019.

“It’s so special to have a homecoming show,” said Pacheco. “It’s the most important fight of my career so far, it’s time for me to headline at home.

“I’ve headlined in the UK and in Mexico, so to be bringing everyone out to LA is surreal, I dreamt of this as a little kid and now I can’t wait to perform on Saturday and begin a while new chapter in my career.

“If Eddie told me I’m fighting Canelo [Alvarez], I feel I would give him a good fight. I want Edgar Berlanga next after this fight. I think I knock him out cold.

“To be doing this at 22 is cool. I thought maybe I would headline in a world title fight when I was 24 or 25. This weekend it’s the YouTube Theater, hopefully down the line it will be the SoFi Stadium. It’s a five-minute drive from my mom’s house, so it’s perfect to be having my first headline show there.

“It’s been a great year for me. I unexpectedly became the main event in the UK in March and I rose to the occasion and put on a great performance.

“The experience was great, fighting Cullen, he was a long fighter, but he didn’t have too much that fazed me or worried me at all, I just knew that I had to keep to the game plan, stick to my jab, stay sharp and the KO would come, and it did. I hit him with a few right hands that made him forget about the body, I went downstairs and got him out of there.

“I grew up in South Central LA. I always feel I owe this to my parents. They sacrificed a lot and believed in me before anyone else. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am.

“I come from a low-income family so for my dad to get me to all the amateur tournaments meant a lot and made me think ‘how I am not going to give my all when they have sacrificed so much for me?’”