Looking back at Manny Pacquiao's storied career

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 30, 2017 05:57 PM
Looking back at Manny Pacquiao's storied career
In his storied career, Manny Pacquiao became an eight-division world champion, a feat unmatched in the history of boxing. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

When reigning WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao steps into the ring this Sunday against Australia's Jeff Horn in Brisbane, it will be his 68th professional fight. 

At 38 years old, the man they call "Pacman" is no longer young, and many would say that the eight-division world champion, despite still being on top of the game, is well past his prime. 

Realistically speaking, Pacquiao is at the tail-end of this storied career, and we could very well be witnessing the General Santos city native's farewell tour. 

With that being said, there's no better time than now to take a quick look back at the in-ring career of the former pound-for-pound best in the world. 


January 22, 1995Manny Pacquiao begins his professional boxing career at age 16. He defeats Edmund Ignacio via Unanimous Decision after four rounds in a light flyweight match. He goes undefeated in his first eleven professional fights, four wins coming via knockout. 

February 9, 1996 - Pacquiao suffers his first defeat at the hands of Rustico Torrecampo via third-round knockout in Mandaluyong. 

June 26, 1997 - Winning eight straight after the first loss of his career, Manny Pacquiao knocks out Thai Chockchai Chockvivat in the fifth round to win his first championship, the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) Flyweight Championship. 

May 18, 1998 - Manny Pacquiao makes his international debut, defeating Shin Terao via first round TKO in Tokyo, Japan.

December 4, 1998 -  Pacquiao gets his first taste of world championship gold, defeating Chatchai Sasakul via KO in eight rounds to become the new WBC world flyweight champion. He improves his record to 24-1. 

September 17, 1999 - Pacquiao absorbs only his second career loss, losing to Thailand's Medgoen '3K Battery' Singsurat via third round TKO in Thailand. Prior to the fight, Pacquiao was stripped of his WBC flyweight championship after failing to make weight. He drops to 26-2 in his career. 

December 18, 1999 - Three months after losing to Singsurat, Pacquiao bounces back and defeats Reynante Jamil to win the vacant WBC International Super Bantamweight Championship. He would defend it five times from 1999 to 2001, eventually earning another shot at world championship gold. 

June 23, 2001 - Manny Pacquiao makes his United States debut, taking a fight on two weeks' notice against IBF Super Bantamweight Champion Lehlo Ledwaba of South Africa at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao would knock Ledwaba out in six rounds to become the new champion and earn his second major world title in as many weightclasses. At this point, Pacquiao was 33-2 in his professional career. Pacquiao would defend his IBF title four times from 2001-2003. 

November 15, 2003 - Manny Pacquiao would claim world title number three after knocking out Marco Antonio Barrera in eleven rounds at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas to claim The Ring Magazine and lineal featherweight championships. His pro record: 38-2-1

May 8, 2004 - Pacquiao would record the second draw of his career, failing to capture the WBA and IBF featherweight titles from Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas, Nevada.

March 19, 2005 - Pacquiao makes his super featherweight debut, losing to Erik Morales via Unanimous Decision in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

September 10, 2005 - Later that year, Pacquiao bounced back by defeating Hector Velasquez via sixth-round TKO at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California to become the new WBC International Super Featherweight champion. He'd go on to defend that title five times from to 2007, which includes rematch wins over Erik Morales (2) and Marco Antonio Barrera. 

March 15, 2008 - World title number four. Manny Pacquiao redeems himself against Juan Manuel Marquez, winning via split decision to capture the WBC, The Ring, and lineal super featherweight championships. Pro record at this point: 46-3-2

June 28, 2008 - Three months after winning his fourth world title, Pacquiao moves up in weight and claims his fifth world championship, defeating David Diaz via ninth round TKO to win the WBC lightweight championship. 

December 6, 2008 - Manny Pacquiao demolishes former six-time world champion Oscar "The Golden Boy" Dela Hoya in eight rounds. This would be Dela Hoya's final professional fight. 

May 2, 2009 - Pacquiao captures world title number six in devastating fashion, knocking England's Ricky Hatton out cold in just two rounds to become the new IBO, The Ring, and lineal junior welterweight champion. He joins Dela Hoya as the only two six-time world champions in boxing history. Pro record at this point: 49-3-2.

November 14, 2009 - Manny Pacquiao makes even more history, becoming boxing's first and only seven-time world champion by stopping Miguel Angel Cotto in the twelfth round to become the new WBO welterweight champion. This also marks Pacquiao's 50th professional boxing win. He defended the title against Joshua Clottey in early 2010. 

November 13, 2010 - Almost exactly a year after winning his seventh world title, Manny Pacquiao claims his historic eighth world championship by battering the bigger Antonio Margarito en route to a 12-round unanimous decision win to become the new WBC Super Welterweight Champion. 

May 7, 2011 - Pacquiao further cements his legacy as one of the world's best by beating "Sugar" Shane Mosley via unanimous decision to retain the WBO welterweight championship. 

June 9, 2012 - Timothy Bradley hands Manny Pacquiao his first loss since 2005 via a controversial unanimous decision to capture the WBO welterweight title. 

December 8, 2012 - Juan Manuel Marquez gets a measure of revenge in the most violent of ways, knocking Pacquiao out cold in the sixth round, his first knockout loss since losing to Torrecampo in 1996. This also marks the first time that Pacquiao absorbs back-to-back losses in his career. 

April 12, 2014 - Manny Pacquiao exacts revenge against Timothy Bradley, beating "Desert Storm" by Unanimous Decision to reclaim the WBO welterweight championship. 

May 2, 2015 - Considered as the two of the best boxers in history, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. finally meet in the ring, with Mayweather Jr. taking a 12-round unanimous decision win.

April 9, 2016 - Manny Pacquiao's 'retirement' fight, Pacquiao defeats Timothy Bradley for a second time, via unanimous decision. 

November 5, 2016 - After just seven months of 'retirement', Manny Pacquiao returns to the ring to defeat Jessie Vargas via unanimous decision to regain the WBO welterweight championship. Pro record at this point: 59-6-2. 


Sunday, Pacquiao will try to add to his long list of accolades by defending the WBO welterweight title once again, this time against Australia's own Jeff Horn. 


Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn will battle for the WBO welterweight world championship on Sunday, July 2nd at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. 

Catch the biggest fight of the year LIVE, commercial-free and in high definition!

SKYcable subscribers can catch the fight LIVE and commercial-free on SKY Sports PPV starting at 9:00 AM for only Php 949. To subscribe, Text PACQUIAOPPV to 23662.

iWant TV users can watch online on iWant TV. ABS-CBN mobile prepaid and postpaid subscribers also have the chance to watch the smackdown in Brisbane by texting PACHORN to 2366 for Php 949 from June 26 to July 2. The fight streams LIVE at 3PM on July 2.

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