MANILA, Philippines - Brian Viloria was simply overwhelmed by the size of The Venetian Macau, a sprawling luxury hotel and casino resort and venue of his fight this coming Saturday.
Viloria arrived in Macau last Monday, and had been to the gym more than a couple of times as he tapers down for his title defense against Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada.
The 5-foot-4 Filipino said he canâ€™t believe the size of The Venetian, reputedly the largest casino in the world with its 3,400 slot machines and 800 gaming tables in a space of 51,000 sqm.
Itâ€™s a $2.4 billion, 40-storey structure listed as the sixth largest building in the world by floor area. It has a 15,000-seat arena for entertainment and sports events.
â€œIt takes over six hours to walk through the mall here. Itâ€™s that huge!â€ said the 32-year-old Viloria, holder of the WBO and WBA flyweight crowns, in his Twitter account.
On Saturday, he hopes to put on a show as big as The Venetian.
â€œIâ€™ve done my homework and I know how to pull off a win,â€ the small wonder from the Philippines told www.philboxing.com.
Thereâ€™s no doubt Viloria will because heâ€™s on a rampage, winning all his last six fights, the last three via knockouts over rated foes like Giovanni Segura, Omar Nino Romero and Hernan â€œTysonâ€ Marquez.
Viloria is by all means the favorite in this fight. He has a ring record of 32 wins, 3 losses and a draw with 19 KOs while Francisco stands at 22-2-0 with 18 KOs.
Estrada, 10 years younger at 22, is no pushover, but is coming off a 12-round loss to Roman Gonzales for the WBO light-flyweight title last Nov. 17 at the Sports Arena in California.
On the same night, Viloria knocked out Marquez in the 10th round, and looked unbeatable in the 112-lb division.
Viloriaâ€™s manager, Gary Gittelsohn, told www.philboxing.com that allâ€™s set for the fight.
Viloria is just three pounds over the limit with still four days to the official weigh-in on Friday. Gittelsohn said thereâ€™s no problem with the weight.
He added that Viloria is eating what he wants, and is very comfortable, unlike when he was fighting in the 108-lb class where he has to drain himself.
Viloria said he canâ€™t wait for the fight.