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On This Day: Manny Pacquiao was hot on Floyd Mayweather’s trail

Even though Manny Pacquiao's performance against Jorge Solis was luke-warm in 2007, writes Jack Hirsch
Manny Pacquiao
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IT is the sign of a great fighter who can struggle yet fight through his frustration to achieve the desired result. That is exactly what Manny Pacquiao did in his eighth-round knockout of Mexico’s Jorge Solis in San Antonio, Texas on April 14, 2007.

Pacquiao (9st 2 3/4lbs), now 44-3-2 (35), missed continuously against his elusive fellow-southpaw yet never stopped punching.

Not until the nature of the contest changed did he finally break through. And if Floyd Mayweather should stumble against Oscar De La Hoya next month, losing or performing unimpressively, Pacquiao might ascend to the top of the public’s pound-for-pound list.