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Manny Pacquiao’s Most Disappointing Challenges

Nobody is sure when Manny Pacquiao will be back in the ring. At this point, it’s most likely that the multi-division world champ will sit out the pandemic-plagued year. Team Paquiao will probably then survey the scene in 2021 to see what’s what.

So, with everything up in the air when it comes to the Filipino icon’s future, fans will have to settle for backward glances of his legendary run. Here, in this piece, is a look at 5 times Manny opposition failed to deliver quality pushback.

Erik Morales (11/18/2006)

After going to war twice already and splitting the fights 1-1, it was more than a bit disappointing when part 3 turned out to be such a blowout. The Mexican was never in the bout. He folded quickly and completely in the final bout of the trilogy. The loss would force Morales into full career rebuild mode and a subsequent move up in weight.

Joshua Clottey (3/13/2010)

Ghana’s Clottey had earned a reputation as a tough-as-nails foe with a thudding jab and heavy hands. The Clottey that showed up against Pacquiao, however, showed none of the tenacious grit of previous performances. Pacquiao basically did whatever he wanted to do against him. Clottey survived on his feet thanks to his sturdy chin, but did absolutely nothing to impress. He was completely shut out and barely won one round on two judges’ scorecards. For all intents and purposes, his career as a high-end contender was over after this poor performance.

Antonio Margarito (11/13/2010)

The “Tijuana Tornado” was regarded as one of the toughest fighters in the game. With a granite chin and a style that featured relentless pressure, Margarito was billed as one of boxing’s most feared fighters. Against Pacquiao, however, he looked absolutely out of his league. Pacquiao was too quick and too sharp for him and delivered a hellacious beating. In the one-sided affair, Margarito suffered a permanent eye injury that kept him from ever becoming a main stage star again.

Brandon Rios (11/24/2013)

The Mexican-American brawler was known as one of the most fiery battlers in the game. Although past his prime when facing Pacquiao in Macao, China, he was still expected to put up a real fight. Instead, Rios was battered and bludgeoned, confused into docility by Pacquiao’s speed and movement. Rios, the fierce battler, looked like a heavy bag taking punishment and was reduced to tears after the bout. He would never be a serious title challenger again.

Floyd Mayweather (5/2/2015)

In the most lucrative prizefight of all time, most every knowledgeable fan knew what to expect from the elusive, defense-minded Mayweather. Still, in the grandest of all boxing stages, some expected Mayweather to at least try and put an exclamation mark on a win over his long-time rival. But, no…Mayweather was Mayweather and many declared the “superfight” a dud. Fan unrest after the big-ticket PPV was so great that class action lawsuits were filed to force a refund.

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,, Inside Fights, The Boxing Tribune, The Queensberry Rules, and Premier Boxing Champions. You can reach him at: [email protected]
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