What a storybook career it has been for Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KO’s).  The Pacman declared a few short days ago, that he would not retire until he got a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.  But today, the aging superstar announced that the Timothy Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KO’s) fight, would indeed be his last.  The completion to the trilogy will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada, on Saturday April 9th 2016.  Timothy Bradley made a name for himself in the summer of 2012, when he somehow defeated Manny Pacquiao via split decision, but everyone knew that the win over Manny was highway robbery.  Pacman defeated Bradley easily in their rematch, and now the time has come to break the tie between them.  If this is indeed Manny Pacquiao’s last fight, we should all thank him for delivering to us one amazing performance after another.

Manny Pacquiao made his professional debut on January 22nd of 1995, and it seems like just yesterday that we saw him for the first time fighting in the US.  He knocked out Lehlo Ledwaba in the 6th round to win the IBF Super Bantamweight title.  And of course who can forget his first true test in the US, when he knocked out Marco Antonio Barrera to win TheRing Featherweight title.  Although he debuted at Flyweight, Manny would go on to win titles in a record 8 different weight classes.  Following the Barrera fight, would be his First meeting (of 4) with Juan Manuel Marquez, that would ultimately end in a draw.  Pacman would go on to beat Marquez in the next two meetings, and finally get knocked out cold in their 4th fight.  Thats when people started writing him off.

 

Manny was the king of trilogies though.  Who can forget his epic battles with Eric Morales, where he took 2 out of their 3 fights, both by knockout.  The trilogy against Marquez was an amazing one as well, until it became a quartet.  He will end his career with a trilogy, as he takes on Bradley for the third time in his last fight.  Manny has beaten all the best of our generation.  He holds wins over Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosely, Antonio Margarito, Marco Antonio Barrera, Eric Morales, and who can forget the absolute destruction of the legendary Oscar De La Hoya.  Manny Pacqiao’s 20+ year career has been an amazing one.  He is an international boxing superstar, and a well respected politician in the Philippines.  He has truly done it all, and I thank him from the bottom of my heart, because he was one of the reasons I got into boxing in the first place.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

 

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