Bangon Manny! A look back at Manny Pacquiao's past losses
ABS-CBN Sports on May 04, 2015 06:48 PM
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In a courageous showing, Manny Pacquiao desperately tried to make Floyd Mayweather engage, despite fighting with a bum shoulder.
But the defensive wizard in Mayweather would have none of it, as he frustrated Pacquiao with his nifty movements and slick counterpunch en route to a comfortable unanimous decision win for the unbeaten American.
As painful as the loss was for Pacquiao and the Filipinos, this wasn't the first time Pacquiao suffered defeat.
In fact, the fighting congressman out of Sarangani province has proven time and time again that he can indeed storm back after a defeat.
Here's how Pacquiao fared in the previous five defeats of his career.
First loss - Rustico Torrecampo, 3rd round KO
Pacquiao's first defeat came from a Filipino slugger named Rustico Torrecampo. When Manny fought Torrecampo, he was coming off an impressive 11 fight win run.
Pacquiao, however failed to make weight, and was forced to use an 8oz gloves, unlike Torrecampo who wore 6oz gloves. He would then succumb to the Torrecampo with a solid body shot in the third round.
After that, Pacquiao would go on and win 15 straight matches, including the WBC Lineal Flyweight title. In that run, he also fought at the legendary Araneta Coliseum for the first time, and beat his first Mexican foe in Gabriel Mira.
Second loss - Medgoen Singsurat, 3rd round KO
Pacquiao's weight issues would once again haunt him as Singsurat took advantage of the situation, which led to a third round knockout loss.
After the loss, Pacquiao went on a 13-0-2 run with draws coming from a controversial fights with Agapito Sanchez and a certain Mexican named Juan Manuel Marquez.
In that stretch, Pacquiao won four titles in three weight divisions, and this includes his breakout win over Marco Antonio Barrera for the Ring Featherweight title.
Third loss - Erik Morales, Unanimous decision
That string of impressive wins would put him into a position to fight another would be-Mexican legend in Erik Morales.
However, in one amazing fight, Morales edged out Pacquiao via unanimous decision for the vacant IBA super featherweight titles.
After that loss, Pacquiao would make his amazing ascent to the pinnacle of the world of Boxing.
Pacquiao won 15 straight fights and this includes some of his biggest two victories over Morales, another one from Barrera, two close wins over Marquez, Oscar de La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto.
This was the run where Pacquiao cemented his spot amongst the boxing greats as he won an unprecedented titles in eight different divisions.
Back to back losses, Tim Bradley (Unanimous decision), Juan Manuel Marquez (6th round KO loss)
This was Pacquiao's worst stretch.
After a controversial loss at the hands of Timothy Bradley, Pacquiao took on an old foe in Marquez for the fourth time in what would be the clincher in their stretch of matches.
Pacquiao showed glimpses of his old self as he battered Marquez with his lightning quick punches in an exciting back and forth affair. However, Marquez caught Pacquiao with a perfectly timed overhand right to knock the Filipino champion out cold.
Many thought Pacquiao's career would be over after a stunning defeat to Marquez. However, he would bounce back in his next three fights, dominating Brandon Rios, exacted revenge on Bradley and dismantling Chris Algieri to set up his megafight buck with Mayweather.
With all that in mind, it seems that fans of Pacquiao need not to worry as Manny has showed that he can bounce back following defeat.
However, Manny's age is slowly advancing and the time frame for him to string up another impressive run may be limited.
Whatever happens, whether Pacquiao decides to still fight or not, Pacquiao will always be a legend in his own right. - CJ