Answering to unending demands from boxing fans worldwide, Pacquiao will go up against Mayweather on May 2nd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. As the two boxing greats go head-to-head, only one will emerge as the winner and the best boxer of their era. After 20 years of professional fighting, the eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is finally gearing up to take on the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. in “The Fight of the Century”, but let’s not forget the plethora of victories that earned the Pac-Man his storied reputation.
At only 16 years old and 4’11”, Manny Pacquiao fought in his first professional boxing match in the light flyweight division. Despite the required 105 pound minimum to be eligible to fight in the light flyweight division, Pacquiao was only 98 pounds but put weights in his pockets for a chance to compete. His impressive fight against Edmund Ignacio marked the beginning of a legacy as Manny Pacquiao took the match in a decision to mark the beginning of a dynasty.
As time passed, Manny Pacquiao got older and started gaining weight to compete in other weight classes. Pacquiao went on a winning streak, Pacquiao was matched up against Chatchai Sasakul in the Flyweight division for his first ever world title. Pacquiao took home his first major title by knocking out the defending champion.
Gaining continued national recognition, Pacquiao then fought Lehlohonolo Ledwaba for the Super Bantamweight title in June 2001. Pacquiao defeated Ledwaba in the fourth round via technical knockout, despite fighting just two weeks prior to win his second major world title.
Moving up to the Featherweight division in 2003, Pacquiao was immediately given the chance to take the title from Marco Antonio Barrera. Upsetting the defending champ for his third world title, Pacquiao became the first Filipino and Asian to become a three-division world champion and gave Barrera the only knockout loss of his career.
Manny Pacquiao continued to dominate the ring and moved up to the Super Featherweight division in 2005. Taking on Erik Morales for the title, Pacquiao fell to three-division champion in the twelfth round, but took the BC International Super Featherweight title later that year in a fight against Hector Velazquez.
3, Pacquiao was immediately given the chance to take the title from Marco Antonio Barrera. Upsetting the defending champ for his third world title, Pacquiao became the first Filipino and Asian to become a three-division world champion and gave Barrera the only knockout loss of his career.
Manny Pacquiao and Erik Morales quickly became rivals in the Super Featherweight division. The two boxers were matched up three times with Morales winning the first fight and Pacquiao taking the second victory. For a highly anticipated rubber match, an estimated 18,276 fans showed up to witness Manny Pacquiao emerge as the better fighter as he knocked out Eric Morales in the third round.
In 2008, Pacquiao got his long awaited rematch against Juan Manuel Marquez for the WBC Super Featherweight and The Ring Super Featherweight titles. Referred to as “Unfinished Business”, the fight was Pacquiao’s chance for revenge after a previous loss to Marquez in 2004. Defeating Marquez in a controversial decision, Pacquiao was named him a four-division world champion before he moved up to the Lightweight division.
With the WBC Lightweight title on the line, Pacquiao entered the division and was scheduled to fight David Diaz on June 28, 2008. After completely dominating Diaz the entire fight, Pacquiao took home his fifth world title for five different weight divisions. This Pac-Man victory also made him the only Filipino and Asian to become a five-division world champion, as well as the first Filipino fighter to ever win a world title at lightweight.
At the end of 2008, Manny Pacquiao entered the welterweight division for a highly anticipated fight against Oscar De La Hoya. Boxing fans eagerly awaited “The Dream Match” and tickets were sold out in less than one day. Although many wondered if Pacquiao’s heavier weight would prove to be a disadvantage against the larger De La Hoya, the Pac-Man won via technical knockout after eight rounds. With that fight, Manny Pacquiao recorded his highest earning for a fight in his career and seemed unbeatable.
Manny Pacquiao then fought in the light welterweight division for the first time in 2009 against Ricky Hatton in “The Battle of the East and West”. For the win, Pacquiao landed a left hook on Hatton that crushed his opponent and was awarded “Knockout of the Year” in The Ring Magazine. Pacquiao also became the second boxer in sports history to win world titles in six separate divisions, become a six-division world champion, and the first man to win lineal world titles in four weight classes.
In a fight titled “Firepower”, Manny Pacquiao was scheduled to face off against Miguel Cotto in the welterweight division. Pacquiao shocked sports fans as he effortlessly picked apart his opponent and knocked Cotto down in rounds three and four. Sealing the victory and his WBO Welterweight title in the twelfth round, Manny Pacquiao became the first boxer to win world titles in seven different weight divisions.
After winning back the Welterweight title from Joshua Clottey, Manny Pacquiao was given the chance win another world title in an eighth weight class in 2010. Only one fighter stood in the way of the Pac-Man becoming an eight-division world champion: Antonio Margarito. Even weighing in 17 pounds less than his opponent, Manny Pacquiao absolutely destroyed Margarito. Pacquiao fractured Margarito’s orbital bone and won the fight via unanimous decision to make him the first and only eight-division world champion.