Manny Pacquiao, icon of Philippine and world boxing, announced this Wednesday that he is leaving the ring, retiring at 42 years old. He leaves 72 fights as his legacy, several of which have gone down in the history of the sport of the twelve ropes.
Oscar De La Hoya, December 6, 2008 in Las Vegas
Pacquiao gained weight to move up to the top class, welterweight. Submitted Oscar De La Hoya. At lightning speed, he threw violent blows at the famous American boxer who ended the fight with his face swollen. In the seventh round he managed to take the lead and in the eighth De La Hoya signaled to the referee that he was leaving the fight.
Ricky Hatton, May 2, 2009, Las Vegas
The Briton rushes towards Pacquiao as soon as the bell rings, falling into an ambush. In the first round of the fight, Hatton suffered two KOs in a fight for the International Boxing Organization (IBO) welterweight champion title.
At the end of the second round, a left hook from Pacquiao slammed into Hatton’s chin, sending him straight to the mat in what was arguably the most spectacular of the Filipino’s 39 KO victories.
Miguel Cotto, November 14, 2009, Las Vegas
Pacquiao dropped Cotto with a right hook in the third round and the bell saved the Puerto Rican in the fourth.
In the ninth round of this welterweight world title fight, Cotto’s face is bloody. The referee stops the fight at the start of the 12th to prevent further injury to Cotto.
Antonio Margarito, November 13, 2010, Arlington, Texas
The American-born Mexican is completely annihilated by the Filipino during the 12 rounds of the World Boxing Council super welterweight title fight.
At the end of the fight, with his face covered in bruises and blood, Margarito will be transferred to the hospital where he will be operated on for a fracture in the right orbital bone.
Juan Manuel Márquez, December 8, 2012, Las Vegas
The fourth and final fight with his great Mexican rival is violent, like Pacquiao’s final fall on the table, face down, just before the end of the sixth round.
Knocked down in the third round, Pacquiao had returned in the fifth, crushing the Mexican’s nose and knocking him down in what was arguably the best round of the Filipino’s career.
But Marquez, bloodied, will have had the advantage thanks to this punch in the sixth round, to make Pacquiao suffer his second consecutive loss.
Floyd Mayweather, May 2, 2015, Las Vegas
More than 500 million dollars in revenue (including 180 million for the American and 120 for Pacquiao), speaks volumes about the dimension of this confrontation, presented by its promoters as the “fight of the century.”
In the ring, however, the show will be less rich than expected. Mayweather will win on points, unanimously. And Pacquiao will indicate later that he suffered an old right shoulder injury from the third round, to justify his lack of punch.