Pacquiao started his rise to fame and fortune by winning the WBC light flyweight title with an eighth-round knockout of Thai hero Chatchai Sasakul in December 1998. He then grabbed the IBF super bantamweight crown with a sixth-round demolition of Lelohonolo Ledwaba in June 2001.
He was the fourth Filipino to win the 130-pound title, duplicating the feat of the late Hall-of-Famer Gabriel “Flash Elorde, who won the title on the same date—March 16—48 years ago, at the Araneta Coliseum in 1960, with a seventh round annihilation of American Harold Gomes.
The two other Filipinos who have won the title are Rene Barrientos and Rolando Navaratte. Elorde was a southpaw, and so are the other three.
The rematch with Marquez which was in the making for four years did not show much explosiveness except for a third round knockout of Marquez brought about by a thundering blow from Pacquiao. In the end, this knockdown appeared to have made all the difference. Judge Jerry Roth scored the fight 115-112 for Marquez, but he eventually was outnumbered by Duane Ford, who had Pacquiao the winner 115-112, and Tom Miller, who scored it 114-113 for the Filipino.
The Filipino boxer is expected to take home about $5 million in prize money plus another $3 million from gate receipts and pay-per-view earnings.