Saturday 23rd September 2017,
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Manny Pacquiao: Ten Facts You Should Know About Manny

The eight world division weight title Manny Pacquiao will trade mitts with Shane Mosley in just a few days from now. The pressure is already rising up to a boiling point, and both fighters are willing and eager to settle everything out in the ring. I thought of putting some useful info on some facts that you should know about Manny Pacquiao.

1. Edmund Engting Ignacio was Manny‘s first professional fight.
-Before the Pacquiao fight, Ignacio also fought Kid Emmanuel whose family name bores the same first name with Pacquiao. It was Kid’s last fight when he fought Ignacio, who’s record stands with one win and one loss. And while Ignacio after his Pacquiao loss fought 32 more times. He had only eight wins with 24 losses. At least he was literally called the Pacquiao stepping stone.

2. Manny’s first knock out loss was in the hands of Rustico Torrecampo. The fight was a slugfest right from the opening round until Torrecampo’s left hook landed right straight into Pacquiao’s chin. Manny never recovered after that hit as the referee stop counting and declared Rustico as the winner via a third round knockout. However, it was the only meaningful fight on Torrecampo’s career. After being wanted for killing a garbage truck driver, Rustico after a 14 year hiatus returned to box with a win against Jovanie Bualan last February 19.

3. Chatchai Sasakul was Manny‘s first title fight for the WBC flyweight title. Sasakul was knocked out on his own turf in Thailand in just eight rounds. He is now retired and had 65 wins (40 KOs) with four losses. He was also the boxer who killed the Filipino journey man, Lito Sisnorio in a mismatch that ended in a four round knockout.

4. Lehlonolo Ledwaba who gave Manny his big break in the U.S. never really recovered after his defeat with Pacquiao. He was dubbed as “hands of stone” he only won three out of his last seven fights. He was the most feared bantamweight fighter for years until Manny broke his invincibility.

5. Gerry Penalosa, the two-time division champion is Manny‘s closest friend and also his sparring partner before. Rumors have it that their sparring was so intense that they took turns in knocking each other down. That happened of course when Manny was still fighting in the lower division.

6. After salvaging a draw against the tough Mexican, Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacquiao and his team offered Marquez a rematch right after the fight. Marquez, however, wanted a bigger purse and turned down the offer. However, what’s mind boggling is he opted to fight Chris John all the way to Indonesia, one-fourth of what Pacquiao was offering. The rematch with Pacquiao, however, happened four years after. We are still waiting for the third and final match.

7. His last loss was in the hands of Erik Morales way back in 2005. Since then he racked up 13 straight wins including four division weight titles. Erik who recently turned back the hands of time on his gutsy fight with Marcos Maidana is willing to slug it out with Manny again, but I doubt if that fight happens. We will be seeing Erik in the ring this July 30 with still an unknown opponent, a Maidana rematch perhaps?

8. The fight with Oscar De La Hoya was the brain child of HBO’s boxing analyst Larry Merchant. It was named the Dream Match. Many laughed at the thought of the smaller Pacquiao slaying a former middleweight fighter, especially with Manny, who mainly campaigns in the super feather weight division at that time. Pacquiao who recently fought David Diaz as a lightweight move two division higher to face De La Hoya as a welterweight.

9. Manny Pacquiao’s success in moving up in weight has something to do with his 8 inch wrist. Juan Manuel Marquez has only 6.5 inch wrist, and statistically a heavy weight fighter usually has an average of 7.69 inch wrist. Joe Luiz and Mike Tyson have the same wrist as Manny but those two fighters are fighting in the heavy weight division. This was stated by Leandro Solis on the badlefthook.com article. So imagine Manny as a Bantamweight fighter that packs a heavy weight punch. That can be very scary.

10. Manny Pacquiao who is 32 years old will be fighting the 39-year old “Sugar” Shane Mosley this Saturday. Mosley at Pacquiao’s age was fighting two times that year with only one opponent named Ronald “Winky” Wright. Both fights, Mosley lost via decision. The two fights were for the unification of the light middleweight titles with a total of five championship belts on the line.

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