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Manny Pacquiao's 5 greatest fights

Manny Pacquiao is a boxing legend. He was the best offensive fighter of an era, the first and only eight-division world champion and was named 'fighter of the decade' for the 2000s. If that wasn't enough he spent most of his career at the top of the pound-for-pound rankings. And to top it all off, he was incredibly entertaining to watch. So here's our top five of Pacman's greatest fights...    

5 – Lehlo Ledwaba, Unanimous Decision, Novemeber 2001 

Pacquiao's breakout fight for the IBF super bantamweight title against South African Lehlohonolo Ledwaba (33-1-1) in June 2001. The relatively unknown Pacquiao (32-2-0) blitzed champion Ledwaba over six rounds to claim his second world title in his first fight under the tutelage of Freddie Roach and his first on American soil.

4 – Marco Antonio Barrera, TKO 11, November 2003 

In November 2003, Pacquaio (37-2-1) took on the 'baby faced assassin', Marco Antonio Barrera (57-3-0) in the first of two fights between the two. Despite the Mexican's reputation for being one of the toughest boxers in the game, Pacqauio outworked and outclassed him over the duration of the fight, forcing Barrera's corner to throw in towel in the 11th.

3 – Antonio Margarito, Unanimous Decision, November 2010 

It's no understatement to say Margarito (38-6-0) was one of the most feared – and ducked – boxers in the mid 2000s. The much smaller Pacquiao (51-3-2) brutalised the Tijuana Tornado over 12 rounds, en route to a wide points decision for the vacant WBC super welterweight title in November, 2010.

2 – Oscar De La Hoya, RTD 8, December 2008 

The beatdown of Mexican legend Oscar De La Hoya (39-5-0) was a result that virtually no one saw coming. The Golden Boy may have been winding down his career, but many thought he'd be too big and too strong for Pacquiao (47-3-2). This wasn't the case, as the pint-sized Filipino battered De La Hoya from pillar to post, forcing his corner to retire him after the eighth. De La Hoya retired shortly after the fight; an ignominious end to a glittering career.

1 – Miguel Cotto, TKO 12, November 2009

Unlike De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto (34-1-0) was very much in the prime of his career when the two faced off in November 2009. A big welterweight, Cotto had previously beaten former world champions Randall Bailey, Pauli Malignaggi, Zab Judah and Shane Moseley in emphatic fashion, and looked to be one of Pacquaio's (49-3-2) biggest tests to date. Pacquaio put in a complete performance, dominating the bigger man over the course of the fight, before stopping him in the 12th, stripping Cotto of his WBO welterweight crown.


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