Pacquiao is WBO Fighter of the Decade
The Puerto Rico-based governing body of the World Boxing Organisation has named Manny Pacquiao the Fighter of the Decade. The Filipino fighter is the ex-welterweight champion having beaten Miguel Cotto in 2009. After this, he was able to hold onto his title twice, fighting the U.S.’s Shane Mosley and Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez. However, he then lost it to Tim Bradley due to a split decision that proved to be very controversial.
These two fighters will meet again this December, when they fight each other at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the 8th. This is a highly anticipated fight, with fans of both men having to occupy their time leading up to it with other things like playing on partycasino.com or watching television, until fight day finally arrives. While there will not be a title at stake, the winner would become a significant contender in the big-money fights that are coming up next year.
Throughout his whole career, he has won eight world titles, in the same amount of weight classes. This has been happening since 1998 so he is definitely deserving of such recognition. Pacquiao made his US début in 2001 and has had some very impressive victories. He has beaten big names from super-bantam and super-welter, including Marco Antonio Barrera, Ricky Hatton, Erik Morales, Oscar De La Hoya, Antonio Margarito, Joshua Clottey, Marquez and Mosley.
At the moment, the Philippines can boast of having four world champions. Donaire, Brian Viloria and Donnie Nietes all hold WBO titlebelts and Johnreil Casimero is a the top of the International Boxing Federation. The 33-year-old Pacquiao will no doubt be very happy to receive the honour of being named the WBO’s Fighter of the Decade and hopefully he will continue to see success in the sport.