Manny Pacquaio is set to retire after his third and final fight against Timothy Bradley on April 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada. As part of our Pacquiao-Bradley 3 preview, let’s take a look at the top five greatest wins in the career of Manny Pacquiao.
1. Oscar De La Hoya – Dec. 6, 2008
Manny Pacquiao was already a star when he decided to move up to welterweight to face Oscar De La Hoya in the fight billed as “The Dream Match.” Pacquiao was the best number one pound-for-pound fighter when he went into the fight, but many experts considered him as the underdog because of De La Hoya’s size advantage.
However, the speed of “Pacman” was too much for “The Golden Boy” to handle causing him to quit on his stool at the start of the ninth round. The win propelled the Filipino boxer into superstardom while De La Hoya announced his retirement after the fight.
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2. Ricky Hatton – May 2, 2009
Fresh off his huge “upset” win over Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquaio faced off with Ricky Hatton in the “Battle of East and West.” Pacquiao became a six-division champion after he knocked Hatton out cold at the end of the second round.
The loss sent Hatton in a downward spiral. He was inactive for three years before losing his comeback and final fight in 2012. On the other hand, “Pacman” became more popular all over the world due to his combination of speed and power.
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3. Marco Antonio Barrera – Nov. 15, 2003
Back in 2003, Marco Antonio Barrera was considered one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world. He was the undisputed king of the featherweight division when Manny Pacquaio challenged him to a fight at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
It was Manny’s first fight at the featherweight division but showed his potential by stopping Barrera in the 11th round. It was also Barrera’s first loss via knockout while the victory introduced Pacquiao to the whole world.
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4. Erik Morales – Jan. 21, 2006
Manny Pacquaio lost to Erik Morales via unanimous decision in their first meeting back in 2005. However, the Filipino fighter came back with a vengeance in their second fight the next year.
“Pacman” became the first man to have knocked Morales down and eventually defeated him in the 10th round. Their third and final fight later in 2006 showed that Pacquiao’s improvement was too much for “El Terrible” who lost in the third round via knockout.
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5. Miguel Cotto – Nov. 14, 2009
The Puerto Rican was one of the best welterweights when he faced Manny Pacquiao in 2009. The fight was billed as “Firepower” with Pacquiao showing his speed, power and toughness against Cotto.
The Filipino hero battered Cotto until the referee stopped the fight in the final round. It was Pacquiao’s seventh world title in seven weight divisions and the win cemented his status as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world at that time.
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