Malcolm Gedo (マルコム · ゲドウ, lit. marukomu gedō) is a featherweight boxer from the Philippines and the former featherweight champion of the country. He is known as "The Magician" for his various tricks and deceptive tactics.
Prior to his boxing career, when he was young, Gedo stole money off the streets to survive. These actions earned him a bullet in the shoulder and midsection as well as a scar that would remain there for the rest of his life. Gedo indicated that he had ambitions of reaching the world stage, but his loss against fellow countrymen Randy Boy Junior shattered his hopes and turned him into the greedy fighter he is now. As a result, he became fixated on earning money, offering to throw fights for large sums.
Prior to his fight with Makunouchi Ippo, Gedo lost against Japanese ranker Fukui Kyosuke. He was skillful enough to control the fight and lose without making it blatantly obvious, surprising even Fukui. Kamogawa Genji, upon discovering the fixed match, laid down 2 million yen as prize money to goad Gedo into fighting seriously. Despite this, Gedo still did not care who his opponent was and offered the same deal to throw the match to Ippo. Ippo refused and offered his own cash reward if he managed to knock him out.Gedo's skill in boxing lets him take Ippo into the eighth round, a feat no other opponent has managed to achieve before their match. He ultimately lost however, being sent flying by Ippo's devastating barrage of hooks and a finishing uppercut. Despite his loss, he was still acknowledged as an amazing boxer.
Although he claimed he still had his boxer's pride, he still took the fight money offered by Kamogawa and indicated that he would not change his ways at all, continuing to fight as a magician and, to Ippo's disappointment, fix matches.
Later in the series, he is seen losing to fellow Filipino Antonio Guevarra. When Antonio is set to fight Ippo, Guerrera's cornerman approaches Gedo at a bar and requests he reveals Ippo's weaknesses. Gedo offers some advice to him after he paid for his bar tab, citing his weakness in reach differences, but Gedo decides to slyly con him even further and withdrawls info on Ippo's weaknesses after the former ran out of money to pay him.
|33||LOSS||22-8-4||Antonio Guevarra||Decision||10(10) 3:00||1998||Philippines||Lost Philippine Featherweight Title Match|
|32||LOSS||22-7-4||Makunouchi Ippo||KO||8(10), 2:37||1997-02-15||Tokyo, Japan||
"Winner Takes All" - Survival Match of Asian Champions
|31||LOSS||22-6-4||Fukui Kyosuke||Decision||10(10), 3:00||1996||Tokyo, Japan||Fixed Match|
|30||LOSS||22-5-4||Randy Boy Jr.||KO||1(12)||???||
|OPBF Interim Featherweight Championship|
Gedo possesses a noticeably dark skin tone. Gedo is muscular but flexible. He is depicted as a bald man with eyes that are low in depth, giving him a mocking yet menacing look in addition to his fearsome reputation. Gedo has prominent cheekbones. He also sports a scar on both his left shoulder and midsection from a bullet wound he received before initiating his boxing career.
Gedo is an insanely greedy individual and is completely shameless in his attempts to gull or swindle other characters for their money. His exploitative nature is usually played to extreme altitudes and he will happily accept bribe money to throw his own fights. Gedo is noticeably one of the few antagonists in the series to not turn a new leaf after fighting Ippo, (such as Sawamura Ryuuhei or Jimmy Sisphar) as he openly admits that he will continue swindling and scamming other people, upsetting the latter. Despite his ill-natured behavior, his desire for money stemmed from a traumatic event in his childhood in which he was shot for stealing money to survive; Gedo from then on swore to never be stricken by poverty ever again, an oath that he has obviously taken to over-exaggerated lengths. Everything has a price to him and he sees the ring as just another place for business. When pressured in the later rounds against Ippo however, Gedo shows genuine fighting spirit and adept boxing abilities.
Gedo is a highly intelligent unorthodox out boxer who relies on tricks to confuse his opponent. He is known as "The Magician" for his tricks inside the ring and is known to wear his left glove with the strings loosened in order to throw a jab with an unclenched fist, giving off the impression that his reach is longer due to the glove's momentum with every punch. However, when pushed, he has shown great fighting spirit and real boxing skill.
Although he is regarded as a boxer with all parameters above-average, he has no outstanding physical strengths and endurance. He's outclassed during his match against Antonio Guevarra. He doesn't catch up the rhythm against southpaw boxers.
- His name is similar to a real-life Filipino boxer, the former WBC Flyweight World Champion Malcolm Tuñacao whose currently residence in Japan.