10 Best Fights of the Legendary Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is a name that all boxing enthusiasts would never forget. “Pacman” is a name that would forever be written in all boxing histories. More than that, Manny is someone with a very respectable reputation and a great name in the industry. He has repeatedly showed the world his talents and his strong passion for fighting in the ring and lifting the name of his homeland, the Philippines. He has brought pride and success to the country in multiple occassions. Let us all look back and reminisce ten of his best fights which gave him the name, ‘legendary boxer’.
- Pacman vs. Miguel Cotto
One of his best fights happened in 2009 with another great boxer, Miguel Cotto. Miguel Cotto, or more popularly known as “Firepower” is a Puerto Rican boxer known for bringing his opponents down by being the best boxer-puncher that he is. Cotto is further known to be the first and only Puerto Rican to win world titles in four different weight classes including the WBO Welterweight belt. The fight lasted until the 12th round, and it was only when Pacman gave Cotto a TKO that the fight ended. This fight has caused Cotto his welterweight belt, and Manny to be the first ever fighter to have won seven world title in seven different weight classes. It is one of the historic moments in Pacquiao’s boxing career, and all the Filipinos were out there witnessing it.
- Pacman vs. Oscar dela Hoya
Another great fight that Manny had was in 2008 with the one and only Oscar dela Hoya. Like all his other fights, it was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight has been dubbed as the “The Dream Match” because dela Hoya has a very good reputation as a professional boxer and Manny is among the few beginners who has made quite an impression to the public. The match ended with a technical knockout thrown by Manny during the ninth round. Dela Hoya’s team responded by throwing the towel in the ring as a sign of retreat. It was a very good fight, that even symbolized the “passing of the torch” from one great boxer to another. Dela Hoya quit on his boxing career after that fight. The fight has made Manny even more renowned all over the world than ever.
- Pacman vs. Antonio Margarito
The fight that brought Manny to be the “The Eighth Wonder of the World” was this fight between him and the Mexican professional boxer Antonio Margarito. Their fight happened in November 2010 at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, United States. As a matter of fact, the fight was really not that on schedule, because Manny was supposed to have the ‘superfight’ with the Floyd Mayweather Jr. However, due to some issues, it was Margarito who just went to face the Pacman. It was a good fight and both boxers really showed the people that they are both worthy of the belt. Nevertheless, only one is to be announced as the winner, and that obviously was Manny. Pacman won via unanimous decision. Despite being the ‘underdog’ in terms of height and weight, Manny was able to pull off this match. This fight gave Manny his Super Welterweight Championship belt; his eight belt.
- Pacman vs. Ricky Hatton
Dubbed as the “Battle of the East and West”, Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton went on a boxing fight last May 2009 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the fight of the west and east because Manny is obviously from the east, and Ricky, a British National is from the west. It was a momentous fight for Manny because the fight has given him his sixth world title, which has only happened twice in boxing history; first with Oscar dela Hoya and second to Manny. Pacman and Hatton’s match ended in the second round through a knockout. Among Manny’s fight at the MGM Arena, this was really his biggest win; imagine knocking out your opponent in just two rounds.
- Pacman vs. Juan Manuel Marquez Fight 2.0
Once is simple not enough for these two – Manny and Juan Manuel. They had their first fight in 2004 where it ended as a split-draw. Since that draw is not fully justified, both sides agreed to a rematch which took place on 2008. This time, it was Manny who reigned as the victor via split decision. Since the first match was full of controversies, the second fight was viewed alike. Even if it was clearly announced and judged, people still thought that the fight’s results were ‘fabricated’ in a way. Nonetheless, Pacquiao has bagged home the pride.
- Pacman vs. Marco Antonio Barrera Fight 1.0
The fight that opened many doors for Manny was this fight with one Marco Antonio Barrera in 2003. The fight happened at the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas. They match ended with a technical knockout thrown by Manny during the 11th round. It was only the second loss of Barrera via TKO; and since Barrera is among the elite fighters then, the young Manny has made quite the impression that he really is a great boxer in the making. He has won the lineal and The Ring magazine Featherweight championships, making him the first Filipino and Asian to become a three-division world champion, a fighter who won world titles in three different weight divisions.
- Pacman vs. Erik Morales Fight 2.0
Comeback is real! As one would remember the first time Pacquiao and Morales went into the ring, the latter reigned victoriously via unanimous decision. Their first fight happened in 2005, and only a year after, Pacquiao’s side called for a rematch. This took place on January 2006 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. This time around, Manny was able to bring Morales down on the tenth round via technical knockout. And this was the first time that Morales was knocked out on whole of his boxing career; and yes,. Manny has gained that pride.
- Pacman vs. Lehlohonolo Ledwaba
Pacman’s second big fight as a professional boxer was his fight with Lehlohonolo Ledwaba, a South African boxer. The match happened in June 2001 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since Pacman then was only a rookie of his coach, Freddie Roach, he really showed that he has the potential by defeating Ledwaba via technical knockout. He has won the title IBF Super Bantamweight because of that fight.
- Pacman vs. Shane Mosley
Another big fight for Manny was his fight with the one and only Mosley in 2011. It was a fight where Pacquiao defended his Welterweight title against another three-world title holder. The match happened at the MGM Grand Arena. It was iconic because the crown welcomed both boxers with really amazing support. Pacquiao was able to put Mosley down in the third round via knockout.
- Pacman vs. Chatchai Sasakul
Manny’s first fight as a professional boxer was with Chatchai Sasakul at Thailand. Sasakul was to defend his title WBC Flyweight from Pacman. Unluckily, during the eighth round Manny’s signature right hook-left uppercut combo ended the fight. At that early stage, Manny has showed his spectators that he has the potential to be a great boxer – his speed, power and stamina can take him places. True enough, Manny is now a very renowned boxer all over the world. He has established quite a mark for Filipinos to follow and aspire for. And a name that will forever be the “Pride of the Filipinos”.