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The fact Manny Pacquiao won titles in a record eight divisions – of 17 total – is generally cited as his greatest accomplishment. Another of them might never be topped.
Pacquiao, who announced his retirement on Tuesday, is believed to be the first fighter to hold major titles in four decades. The Filipino icon, who turned pro at 16 in 1995 and is now 42, won his first world title (flyweight) when he stopped Chatchai Sasakul in eight rounds in 1998 and his most-recent belt (welterweight) when he defeated Keith Thurman by a split decision this in July 2019.
Here are Pacquiao’s major titles by decade:
WBC flyweight (1998) – KO 8 Chatchai Sasakul
IBF junior featherweight (2001) – TKO 6 Lehlo Ledwaba
*-Featherweight (2003) – TKO 11 Marco Antonio Barrera
WBC junior lightweight (2008) – SD 12 Juan Manuel Marquez
WBC lightweight (2008) – TKO 9 David Diaz
*-Junior welterweight (2009) – KO 2 Ricky Hatton
WBO welterweight (2009) – TKO 12 Miguel Cotto
WBC junior middleweight – UD 12 Antonio Margarito
WBO welterweight – UD Tim Bradley
WBO welterweight – UD Jessie Vargas
WBA welterweight – SD Keith Thurman
Holds WBA welterweight title
*-The Ring Magazine titles