Manny Pacquiao: Boxing’s one and only four-decade champion

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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:

1990s

WBC flyweight (1998) – KO 8 Chatchai Sasakul

2000s

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

2010s

WBC junior middleweight – UD 12 Antonio Margarito

WBO welterweight – UD Tim Bradley

WBO welterweight – UD Jessie Vargas

WBA welterweight – SD Keith Thurman

2020s

Holds WBA welterweight title

 

*-The Ring Magazine titles