feature Friday, 21 June 2013

The highs and lows of Manny Pacquiao

The Filipino's career timeline

January 1995 – Wins his professional debut against Edmund Enting Ignacio in the Philippines via unanimous decision.

December 1998 Knocks out Chatchai Sasakul in the eighth round to win his first world title; the WBC flyweight belt.

September 1999 - A weight-drained Pacquiao surrenders his title to Medgoan Singsurat who finishes him with a body shot in round three. He doesn't lose again for 13 years.

June 2001 – Stops Lehlohonolo Ledwaba in the sixth round for the IBF super bantamweight title, winning his second world title in as many weight classes.

November 2003 – Stops Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera in the 11th round of a thriller to claim featherweight supremacy.

May 2004 – Juan Manuel Marquez comes back from being dropped three times in the first to fight Pacquiao to a draw in a featherweight bout, beginning an intense rivalry.

March 2005 – Moves up to super-featherweight and drops a unanimous decision to Erik Morales in Las Vegas, in his debut PPV bout.

February 2007 – Officially announces he will be running for a seat in the House of Representatives in the 2007 election, representing the First District of South Cotabato.

March 2008 Wins a close split decision in a rematch with Marquez, picking up the WBC super-featherweight title in the process.

June 2008 – Stops David Diaz in the eighth in his first fight at lightweight, winning the WBC title.

December 2008 – Jumps two weight classes to face PPV star Oscar De La Hoya at welterweight, with the fight being stopped after the eighth round, awarding Pacquiao the victory.

May 2009 – Viciously knocks out light-welterweight No.1 Ricky Hatton in the second session, and send the Brit into retirement.

November 2009 – Stops Miguel Cotto in the 12th of a fight made at a 145lb catch-weight to pick up the WBO and WBC Diamond welterweight titles, becoming the first fighter in history to win ‘world’ titles in seven weight classes.

November 2010 – Breaks his own record by winning the vacant WBC light-middleweight belt against Antonio Margarito via unanimous decision.

November 2011 – Wins a tight majority, and exceptionally controversial, decision over long-term rival Juan Manuel Marquez in a 144lb catch-weight fight.

June 2012 – Drops a split decision to Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, losing his WBO welterweight title in the process. The vast majority of ringsiders score Pacquaio a comfortable winner.

December 2012 – The fourth fight with Marquez is a thrilling see-saw affair until Pacquaio is brutally knocked out by Marquez in the 6th round.

May 2013 – Announces a non-title welterweight fight with slugger Brandon Rios, for November 23 in Macau, China.


Author : BN Staff


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