At just 17 years old, Manny pacquiao suffered the first defeat in his fledgling career. That February 9, 1996, Pacquiao He was struck down by a violent knockout at the hands of an irrelevant fighter before facing him and now remembered only for that knockout: Rustic Torrecampo.
Poor quality grainy images survive from that combat. It is a single angle of view to observe a knockout that is also not clear. A left hook appears to hit the chin of Pacquiao, although then the fist follows a downward trajectory.
It is unclear whether what impacts the chin of Pacquiao is the fist of Torrecampo or his shoulder, but the violence of the impact, and the brutal whipping of the head of Pacquiao against the canvas they ended up disconnecting it. An attempt was made to rejoin, but he was knocked out, so the referee stopped the fight and Pacquiao it was loaded up to its corner. He got up trying to jump to show his mettle after receiving the knockout but could not quite keep his balance.
For the first time in his short career, Pacquiao had failed to make the weight. And as a penalty, he was forced to use heavier gloves than his rival, who in this way would have an advantage in speed and hand agility.
It was just fight number 12 for the young man. Pacquiao that he arrived undefeated and suffered his first defeat. But the best was yet to come for Manny pacquiao.