“Immortality is a long shot, I admit. But somebody has to be first.” –Bill Cosby… Manny Pacquiao’s achievement was no walk in the park his 7 weight titles in different divisions are no gimme fight either he walk through a bed of nails put his way up through the steepest mountain and came back victorious. So what made Manny what he is today? It’s not about his 50 wins or his 38 knockouts it’s about his 3 losses that made him the best. It’s because of those setbacks that Manny continue to develop his craft and became a complete boxer with power in both hands. Let’s try to look at each three losses and see who and where are the fighters now.
Rustico Torrecampo (14-8-5) – Manny was riding an 11-0 record and was one of the feared fighters in the light flyweight division in the Philippines. His blonde colored hair and his all out war style made him a crowd favorite in the defunct boxing show called “Blow by blow” Manny was crushing Torrecampo from round 1 till round 3 until he was hit a wayward shot that knock Manny down from the canvass. Manny got careless and that loss made him wiser and won 15 straight including his first championship belt at flyweight division against Chatchai Sasakul. Rustico Torrecampo’s career went downward after the Pacquiao bout winning only twice on his last seven fights and ended his career on a sour note with a TKO loss against Archie Villamor. He was last seen selling fishballs and noodles in the street and became a fugitive after killing a person after a heated argument.
Medgoen Singsurat (63-6-0) – The name who always been mentioned as the fighter who knock Pacquiao out in almost every Pacquiao fight. It was a vicious body shot that drop Manny on his second defense of his WBC flyweight belt but even before the fight started Manny already lost his belt through the scales. He had a hard time fitting his body to the 112 pound limit and coming to the fight dehydrated and weak one body shot can already be hurting Manny. After losing his belt Manny move up in weight jumping 10 pounds heavier in the super bantamweight division. Many considered that fight as a barometer in finding Pacquiao’s weakness, and so Manny worked out his body and strengthening his condition thus Pacquiao’s fascinating training regime created. Singsurat defended his title once and got knock out by a Filipino challenger Malcolm Tuñacao. He fought mostly on his homeland feeding his record with patsies raking wins after wins. After Pacquiao he had only two memorable fights and both fights ended with a TKO loss against Jorge Arce (1st round) and Miki Yasuda (2nd round). Singsurat is now campaigning in the bantamweight division.
Erik Morales (48-6-0)- It was Manny’s first fight in the Super feather weight division he had just humiliated Morales’s former rival Marco Antonio Barrera in San Antonio Texas and Eric gave Pacquiao a boxing lesson neutralizing his deadly left hand while out boxing Manny onward to a 12 round unanimous decision win. It was that fight that Freddie Roach changed Manny and made him into a two fisted demon with his new arsenal the right hand. “El terrible” is already a legend and a future hall of famer he tried to make a comeback fight at the lightweight division trying to get David Diaz’s WBC belt but lost by unanimous decision it was very clear that Morales skills are slowly deteriorating but unlike Barrera, Morales knows how to call it a day when he announced his retirement after the Diaz fight. There are talks about Morales trying to get back to boxing but so far it looks like he is enjoying his retirement.
It’s not how you win but on how you bounce back after losing that made Manny what he is now. Losing only made Manny bounce back in ten folds.