Tour de Force: A look at Manny Pacquiao's different opponents all over the world
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 16, 2015 02:36 PM
Manny Pacquiao faced three-division world champion Shane Mosley in 2011 (Photo credit: Chris Farina)
Manny Pacquiao has been named many things, the Mexicutioner being one of them given the fact that he has beaten so many Mexicans in his storied career. But let's put things into perspective and take a closer look at different nationalities that the "Pacman" has conquered.
All in all, Pacquiao has faced 16 different nationalities, in five different countries dating back his first professional fight in January 25, 1995 in Occidental Mindoro.
Here's an extensive look at the different oppoents that Pacquiao has faced, and conquered throughout his 20 year fight career.
19 - Filipinos
As expected, majority of the fighters Pacquiao has beaten are his fellow Filipinos. Pacquiao made his debut in 1995 against Edmund Ignacio, a fight where he won via a four-round unanimous decision.
What followed was a busy one year stretch for Pacquiao, as he has fought 10 more times in the next 12 months before finally losing the first fight in his career in February of 1996 against Rustico Torrecampo via third round TKO.
To this day, Torrecampo remains to be the only Filipino to beat Pacquiao.
The last Filipino Pacquiao fought was Reynante Jamil in December of 1999. Jamil would also go on and fight Mexican legends such as Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez, but lost them both.
15 - Mexicans
It was not until April of 1999, four years into Pacquiao's boxing career, where he first fought a Mexican fighter. That turned out to be against Gabriel Mira, the first time Pacquiao fought in the legendary Araneta Coliseum. Pacquiao would then win the fight in four rounds, marking the beginning of his own rivalry with Mexico.
From then on, he dominated Marco Antonio Barrera twice, had an unforgettable trilogy with Erik Moralez, had four epic bouts with Juan Manuel Marquez, ran roughshod on Antonio Margarito and took Mexican names in between.
Pacquiao only lost twice to Mexicans, the first being a decision loss to Morales and the latest, a knockout loss at the hands of Marquez.
But regardless of that, Pacquiao has really owned Mexicans to this date.
Seven - Americans
If it wasn't for a bogus decision loss to Timothy Bradley, Pacquiao would have been undefeated against our Red, White and Blue compatriots.
The moment Pacquiao started moving up in weight was the time he finally encountered Uncle Sam's sluggers.
Actually, it took 13 years for Pacquiao to finally get an American opponent, when all finally came to fruition in June of 2008.
His first fight against an American was against Chicago based-lightweight David Diaz, where he won the WBC Lightweight title in nine rounds. After that, the biggest fight of his career when he fought and stopped Oscar dela Hoya in a pairing billed as "the Dream Match".
Pacquiao's latest victory came at the expense of another American in Chris Algieri, winning the fight via a dominant unanimous decision.
Whether this record moves up to 7-1 or goes down to 6-2 come May 3rd is yet to be seen.
Seven - Thais
The Filipinos and the Thais have had a grand history together when it comes to boxing. Among all of our Asian neighbors, it has been Thailand who have given the Flipinos some of the most memorable bouts.
Pacquiao is no exemption.
His second loss came at the expense of a Thai Flyweight named Medgoen Singsurat, in his last fight at the division before he moved up to Super Bantamweight.
Pacquiao's last fight against a Thai was against Fahsan 3k Battery Por Tawatchai in 2004, in a fight billed as "Yanig sa Taguig". Pacquiao stopped the Thai in four rounds.
10 - Rest of Asia/ Pacific
Pacquiao has fought three South Koreans, three Australians, a Japanese in Shin Terao, a North Korean in Tetsutora Senrima, a Kazakh national in Serikzhan Yeshmagambetov and an Indonesian in Ippo Gala.
Despite facing a number of Indonesian boxers, Pacquiao only fought one in Gala, the first time he ever fought a foreigner. He stopped Gala in two rounds.
Six - Rest of World
Two of Pacquiao's biggest wins were from two nations that he only had a chance to fight once.
The first, a British in Ricky Hatton where Pacquiao won via a sensational knockout in round two, and of course a TKO victory over Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico, co-incidentally, the last time Pacquiao finished a fight in the higher weight classes.
Pacquiao has also faced and conquered Joshua Clottey of Ghana, Lehlohonolo Ledwaba of South Africa and Jorge Elicier Julio of Colombia. His only draw was against Agapito Sanchez of Dominican Republic, where the fight was stopped due to a clash of heads.
Agapito was repeatedly deducted points in that fight for blatant low blows and head butts. - CJ