Manny pacquiao should be next to the names of Henry Armstrong, Muhammad Ali and Sugar ray robinson in the historical annals of sweet science, but also alongside great Mexicans.
This ‘hard bamboo stranger from the Philippines’, as the press told him at the beginning of the century, rose from his status as a child in extreme poverty in the town of Kibawe, in the Mindanao province. He did it until he prostrated himself on the boxing altar and forging a choral part of his legacy facing Mexican and Mexican American champions for the last 22 years.
Total, Manny pacquiao He contested 19 fights against Mexicans or Mexican Americans for a world body belt or endorsed world championship. His record: 16-2-1 (9 KO).
Yes, it’s confusing to talk about alphabet titles and belts, but to make the record clear, his record against Mexicans for a legitimate world title is 7-0-1 (3 KOs). His record against Mexicans for a minor or ‘international’ belt from a world body is 7-1-0 (5 KO).
The mark he left against Mexican American fighters, all champions or former world champions, is 4-0-0 (2 KOs).
And lastly, he’s also 2-1-0 in non-title fights in between against legends of Mexican blood like Marco Antonio Barrera, Oscar de la hoya and Juan Manuel Marquez, who left him brutally shocked in the ring in December 2012 by giving him his only knockout this century.
Pacquiao contested or defended the international super featherweight version of the World Boxing Council seven times. It was between 2005 and 2007, and he did it against rivals of the level that any absolute world champion would face: Erik morales (three times), Hector Velazquez, Oscar “Chololo” Larios, Jorge “Archie” Solís and Marco Antonio Barrera (second fight).
He added to his record one last fight for an ‘international’ belt in 2013 against another Mexican American, Brandon Rios, this time it was welterweight version OMB.
The first defense of his first world title was made in the Philippines in 1999 against the Mexican Gabriel look, from Metepec, Hidalgo. He easily knocked him out by knocking him down multiple times in four rounds exposing the flyweight world championship. CMB.
His most transcendent and controversial fights against a Mexican were with Juan Manuel Marquez, The first was in 2004 contesting the world featherweight title of the FIB, in a very close fight that ended in a draw. Then, in 2008, another very close fight in dispute of the super featherweight world title of the CMB, which the Filipino won by split decision. Later, in 2011, came the most controversial fight of the rivalry, when the judges gave the advantage by majority decision to Pacquiao, in a fight that Marquez seemed to have won. And finally, in 2012, a seismic outcome when Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out and knocked out Manny pacquiao on the ring in the fourth and last fight between them.
There were four bouts with high quality rounds between Marquez and Pacquiao, characterized by parity and attractiveness for their opposite styles. On the one hand, the effective aggressor with a large hitting volume; on the other, the high-precision counterpuncher, and power responses.
His last fight against a boxer of Mexican blood was against Jessie vargas, in 2016 whom he clearly defeated by unanimous decision to hold the world welterweight title of the OMB.
Total, Pacquiao He fought in flyweights, super bantamweight, super featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and super welterweight against these rivals for 17 years.
There were three divisions in which he was crowned for the first time by beating Mexicans or Mexican Americans: super featherweight (Marquez), light (Diaz) and super welterweight (Margarito).
Thus, the Pacman Filipino laid down his legacy in world boxing as a conqueror of the Mexican race and the Mexican-American minority to be safely profiled for the International Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York in 2024 when he will be eligible for the first time.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Mexican natives
- Gabriel Mira (1999) 1 (TKO)
- Emmanuel Lucero (2003) 1 (TKO)
- Marco Antonio Barrera (2003, 2007) 2 (TKO, UD)
- Erik Morales (2005,2006, 2006) 2-1 (TKO, KO)
- Hector Velasquez (2005) 1 (TKO)
- Oscar Larios (2006) 1 (UD)
- Jorge Solís (2007) 1 (KO)
- Juan Manuel Márquez (2004, 2008, 2011, 2012) 2-1-1 (D, SD, MD, KO’ed)
- Antonio Margarito (2010) 1 (UD)
Pacquiao vs. Mexican Americans
- David Diaz (2008) 1 (KO)
- Oscar de la Hoya (2008) 1 (TKO)
- Brandon Ríos (2013) 1 (UD)
- Jessie Vargas (2016) 1 (UD)
* 19 total fights for a World Body Belt or Endorsed World Title.
Manny Pacquiao total against Mexicans and Mexican Americans
- * Vs MEX: 12-2-1 (7 KO’s, 1 KO’ed)
- * Vs MEXAM: 4-0 (2KO’s)
- Total: 16-2-1 (9 KO, 1 KO’ed)
For legitimate world titles and international belts
- 8 World Title Fights: 7-0-1 (3 KO).
- 8 Fights for WBC / WBO ‘international belt’: 7-1-0 (5 KO).
- 3 Fights with no legitimate world title involved: 2-1-0 (0 KO, 1 KO’ed).