Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4 Undercard: Yuriorkis Gamboa Ready for Rise to Stardom

Austin GreenCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2012

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - MARCH 26: Yuriorkis Gamboa sits in his corner between rounds during his IBF WBA World Featherweight title bout against Jorge Solis of Mexico during Top Rank's 'Featherweight Fury' on March 26, 2011 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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Yuriorkis Gamboa already possesses an impressive resume, but with a win over Michael Farenas Saturday night, the undefeated Cuban will catapult himself to stardom.

The 30-year-old has accomplished some great things in his career, winning a gold medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics and disposing of all 21 of his opponents since becoming a professional in 2007. He has won 16 of his fights by knockout, and he's held numerous featherweight and super featherweight titles.

Still, despite those achievements, Gamboa is far from a household name. That will change Saturday night if he can put on an impressive display under the bright lights of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Fighting on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez 4, this is by far the most-high profile fight of Gamboa's career. He's never had a fight that received as much attention as he will get Saturday night, even during his gold-medal run at the Olympics.

Gamboa certainly seems aware of his opportunity, as he's enlisted the help of the unmistakable 50 Cent. The rapper-turned-actor-turned-boxing promoter will be in Gamboa's corner Saturday night, and you can bet that the Twitterverse will take notice.

50 Cent has been a part of Floyd "Money" Mayweather's entourage for the last few years, and by giving his seal of approval to Gamboa, he's opening up the door to fame for his undefeated fighter.

The stars have aligned for Gamboa, who must capitalize on his chance Saturday night. If he can take out the more-experienced Farenas, and preferably exhibit some style while doing so, he will earn the fame and recognition that a fighter of his caliber deserves.