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Manny Pacquiao and the Fighters He “Ruined”

A couple of days ago was the nine-year anniversary of Manny Pacquiao’s total destruction of Antonio Margarito for the vacant WBC junior middleweight title. The masterful deconstruction of the fearsome “Tijuana Tornado” not only was a thing of beauty, but it also marked the official end of Margarito being anything but an also-ran in the sport.

Anyway, the anniversary of Pacquiao-Margarito got me thinking about how many other high-end fighters the Filipino icon “ruined” and sent back to second-tier (or third-tier) status.

Here’s a list of such fighters:

Antonio Margarito

As mentioned above, Manny’s dominant 2010 win vanquished the Mexican powerhouse to permanent second-tier status. The 12-round beating was so intense it even retired Margarito for a while due to injuries suffered to his eye during the contest. Margarito’s fall may have begun with his TKO loss to Shane Mosley nearly two years earlier, but Manny Pacquiao certainly sealed the deal when it came to the end of the line.

Marco Antonio Barrera

Pacquiao’s upset of Barrera in their first encounter, back in 2003, opened the door for Manny in the US. His second win over Barrera in 2007 pretty much ended the career of the Mexican great. Barrera fought on for a few more years, but the spark had been snuffed out by his second one-sided loss to Pacquiao.

Miguel Cotto

The 2012 welterweight contest saw a smaller Manny Pacquiao come up in weight to beat, batter, and ultimately stop the Puerto Rican beast in twelve rounds. Cotto would fight on and, eventually, capture world titles in the 154 and 160 lb. divisions, but the Cotto that ruled the 140 and 147 lb. divisions with an iron hand ended that night he was humbled by Manny.

Joshua Clottey

Going into their 2010 welterweight clash, Clottey was considered an elite 147-pounder and a feared presence in the division, just one year removed from a split decision loss to Miguel Cotto that many felt should’ve been a win. After his one-sided loss to Pacquiao, however, Clottey lost much of his mojo and, while he fought on and won most of his contests, he never regained that level he had prior to being beaten by Pacquiao.

Ricky Hatton

Well, this one is pretty obvious. Hatton was the king of the junior welterweights, but suffered a mighty fall after being blasted away in two rounds by Manny. The British star would go on to have just one more fight after the 2009 Pacquiao blowout—a loss to Vyacheslav Senchenko in 2012—before official hanging up the gloves for good.

Brandon Rios

True, Rios was already on the downside of his career when he met Manny in China back in 2013. But Pacquiao’s dominant win that night, which turned the rough, raging Rios into a docile punching bag, made a significant change in the Mexican-American’s overall attitude as a fighter, even reducing him to tears post-fight.

Lucas Matthysse

The one-time KO Machine beast from Argentina and reigning WBA welterweight titlist was utterly destroyed by a 39-year-old Pacquiao, dropped several times, and stopped in the seventh round. The brutal masterpiece in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia marked the end of Matthysse’s career.

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Paul Magno
Paul Magno has over forty years of experience in and around the sport of boxing and has had his hand in everything, from officiating to training. As a writer, his work has appeared in several online publications, including Yahoo Sports, Fox Sports, FightHype, Max Boxing, Boxing.com, Inside Fights, The Boxing Tribune, The Queensberry Rules, and Premier Boxing Champions. You can reach him at: paulmagno@theboxingtribune.com
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6 thoughts on “Manny Pacquiao and the Fighters He “Ruined”

    1. PAUL MAGNO
      do you have enough GUTS and Balls to hail and declare SENATOR of BOXING as the. REAL. TRUE. GREATEST FIGHTER OF ALL AGES…of ALL GENERATIONS…and of ALL TIME???!!!!!

      FLOYDS VOTED BY HIS FELLOW COUNTRYMAN BOXREC AS THE LATEST G.O.A.T. OF BOXING KNOWING HOW DUFFY DUCK JRS SOOOOO PROTECTED INSIDE VEGAS YET NO BODY STAND JUST TO CORRECT WHAT AMERICANS EGO MANIAC LOVERS CREDIT TAKERS DID TO VOTE THIER OWN FELLOW SKIN COLOR AND IGNORED PAC AS THE REAL MAAAAAAAN OF WORLD WIDE BOXING!!! NOT EVEN CANELAroid EXP TO FIGHT MUCH BIGGER MUCH TALLER MUCH HEAVIER PRIME POWERFUL KINDA FIGHTER AND YET SENATOR BRUTALIZED MARGACHEATA..THIS IS ONE OF SO MANY REASONS WHY MANY PEOPLE PARTICULARLY AMERICANS AND LATINOID THINK THAT SENATOR DOES HAVE SOME TYPE OF STEROID MATTERS ON HIS BODY IS JUST BECAUSE IT IS SOOOOO HARD TO BELIEVED HOW PAC ABLE TO BEAT AND DESTROYED THOSE KIND OF UNTHINKABLE FIGHTERS WHO ARE SOOO POWERFULL LEGENDS AND BIGGER THAN SENATOR WHO NEVER EVER HAPPENED BEFORE IN THE HISTORY OF BOXING WORLD WIDE.

      WHAT EVER THE FREAK EGO MANIAC LOVERS ILL RETARDED DOWN SYNDROME BWAAs MEMBERS. RING MAGAZINE DOUGH FISHER WROTE ABOUT FROM THE HEARTS OF BILLIONS BOXING FANS AROUND THE GLOBE NO ONE CAN BEAT THE GREATNESS OF THE PAC!!! LET ALONE PAC THE REAL GREATEST FIGHTER OF ALL FROM OUR HEARTS AND MIND.

  1. The 3rd Eric Morales fight should’ve also been worth mentioning. The great Morales lost his mojo when he shook his head and resignation on his eyes on the 3rd rd KO he suffered. Yes, EM fought later (with DSG), but the snap and mojo was forever gone…And later on, retired.

  2. Pac is a badass. Maywether is a chicken shittt coward. He knows fighting pacman will end his ill received undefeated record as Manny will beat the cowardniggerass down as he DID in fight 1

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