Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao will be a huge favourite when he steps through the ropes to face tough Ghanaian Joshua Clottey at Cowboys Stadium Saturday night and with great reason.
The 31-year-old Filipino has built an incredible record of 50 wins in 55 fights (2 of which were draws).
“Pac-man” amazingly started his career as a light flyweight and has moved through the divisions to dominate the sport's best featherweights and welterweights.
Let’s look back at five of his biggest and best wins.
In 2003 “The Babyfaced Assassin” was considered by many as the No. 1 featherweight in the world, Barrera had shot to world fame after embarrassing and exposing the hard hitting Brit Naseem Hamed.
However “Pac-man” was too explosive and fast for Barrera to cause a big upset in his very first bout at featherweight.
“Pac-Man” became the first fighter to knock out Mexican legend Eric Morales, The 10th-round stoppage was bittersweet for Manny after he had lost to Morales on points in their first bout just 10 months before.
In November 2006, the pair fought a rubber match with Pacquiao again being the winner, this time via a third-round stoppage.
In my opinion this was Pacquiao’s greatest performance, “The Golden Boy” was so much bigger and very heavily fancied to beat “Pac-Man” in the Dec 2008 “Dream Match” but it was one of the most one-sided fights in Manny’s great career,
Stories have since come out saying that Oscar was weight drained but even still the way in which Pacquiao dominated every second of the fight really cemented his position as pound-for-pound No. 1 in the sport.
Poor Ricky Hatton, although this fight was highly anticipated it was very obvious from the opening bell that this was a huge mismatch.
Hatton was never in the fight and was knocked out cold in the second round
In November 2009, fighting at a catchweight of 145 pounds, the Filipino again made easy work of what was expected to be one of his toughest fights to date,
Pac-Man was simply too good for Cotto, knocking him down in the third and forth rounds before the ref eventually stopped the one-sided contest in the final round.