Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley: Power Ranking Pac-Man's 10 Toughest Opponents

Tyler CurtisAnalyst IApril 28, 2011

Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley: Power Ranking Pac-Man's 10 Toughest Opponents

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    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 20:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (C) poses with his coach Teddy Roach (L) and promoter Bob Arum (R) during a media workout at the Wild Card Boxing Club on April 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Ima
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    I took a look at his best knockouts the other day and now I will look at his toughest opponents. To tell the truth, to find 10 was kinda tough. He really hasn't had a really close challenge since 2008.

    Even early in his career when he was a one-handed destroyer, he didn't have that much trouble with opponents. I also had to consider what "tough" meant. Does that mean that he had trouble with them or was one particular fighter just one tough dude?

    I split the difference and went with tough guys who had decent records. If Pacquiao struggled against them, then they got moved up the list. You do have to remember that Pac-Man having a tough time with someone nowadays means he loses a round or two.

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10) Marco Antonio Barrera (2-0)

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    Pacquiao pretty much dominated him both times, scoring a TKO-11 and winning the second fight by UD-12. Scores from the second fight were 118-109 (2x) and 115-112. The reason Barrera is on here is because he is just a tough cookie.

    I couldn't make this list and not put him on here. It just wouldn't be right.

9) Nedal Hussein (1-0)

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    Nedal Hussein gave Pacquiao a decent fight back in 2000, even knocking him down in the fourth round. It wasn't a fluke knockdown, either. He put him down pretty hard. Pacquiao won the fight with a TKO-10 and was ahead on all cards 87-80, 87-83 and 87-85.

    Not the closest fight in the history of boxing but compared to most Pacquiao opponents, he kept it pretty close.

8) Lehlohonolo Ledwaba (1-0)

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    Again, not the closest fight ever as Pacquiao won on by a TKO-6. He was ahead on all the cards 50-44. Ledwaba was a good champion, though, and was 33-1-1 coming into the fight. After Pacquiao ran through him he finished his career 3-4.

    He took this fight on short notice and it was his first U.S. fight. Larry Merchant was just hoping he could fight and George Foreman couldn't even say his name. Just think about that.

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7) Medgoen Singsurat (0-1)

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    Only one of two men to actually beat Pacquiao on this list, Medgoen Singsurat won the first two rounds against Pacquiao and then knocked him out in the third. He then jumped up two weight divisions form 112 to 122.

6) Antonio Margarito (1-0)

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    To take a phrase from "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Pacuqiao stomped a mud hole in Margarito's ass and walked it dry. He won by scores of 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110. That isn't even close. 

    What made Margarito tough was his unwillingness to quit, and he did land some hard shots on Pacquiao. He was just so much bigger and it gave Pacquiao some problems even if he won the fight by wide, wide scores.

5) Miguel Cotto (1-0)

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    I think Cotto was the toughest fighter Pacquiao has faced in his recent run. Cotto wasn't a total pushover and gave Pacquiao trouble for a couple rounds before just being outclassed. He was beaten pretty badly over the second half of the fight.

    Cards read 109-99, 108-99 and 108-100 at the time of the stoppage.

4) Agapito Sanchez (0-0-1)

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    Sanchez went in wanting to make this ugly and boy did he ever. You could tell he got to Pacquiao with his dirty tactics and was even deducted two points for low blows. Sanchez was headbutting, too and cut Pacquiao in the second round.

    The cut got worse and the fight was stopped in the sixth round. Scorecards were 57-55 (Sanchez), 58-54 (Pacquiao) and 56-56.

3) Chatchai Sasakul

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    This was the first big fight for Pacquiao, as he was challenging Sasakul for his WBC flyweight title. Sasakul was 33-1 and was defending his title for the fifth time. Pacquiao was taking a big step up, and it showed through the first seven rounds.

    Going into the eighth he was down 70-64, 69-64 and 68-65. He made the cards null and void when he put Sasakul down and out in the eighth round, taking home his WBC flyweight title.

2) Erik Morales (2-1)

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    Their three-fight series was a very good one and one that pushed Pacquiao pretty far in their first two fights. Morales won a very close decision in the first one by 115-113 (3x). He got knocked out in the next two fights, but the second one was very close up until the stoppage.

    The third fight was the only one where Morales got blown out.

1) Juan Manuel Marquez (1-0-1)

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    Who else could it be? They fought twice and the scores from both of those fights combined are 679-678 for Pacquiao. That is as close as it gets. Marquez, in my book, won the first fight, and if you want to be technical, he won more rounds in the first fight.

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