When Lehlohonolo “Hands of Stone” Ledwaba (35-2-1- 22ko’s) was scheduled to make a routine defense against Mexican Enrique Sanchez in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao ( 46-3-2 35ko’s) was working out in LA for an upcoming bout. Two weeks prior to Ledwaba – Sanchez fight the latter withdrew due to injury and Pacman stepped in as a last -minute proxy. Most of the fight spectators who witnessed the bout had no clue who Manny was . He wasn't given the probabilities to beat Ledwaba, but Manny proved them wrong and showed himself as he annihilated and crashed then sent to stupor the former champion. After this bout, Manny’s boxing career blossomed with resounding stoppage triumphs over Jorge Eliezer Julio, Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym, Serikzhan Yeshmagambetov, Emmanuel Lucero, Fahsan 3k Battery, Hector Velasquez, Oscar Larios, Jorge Solis, and his memorable and impressive conquests against Mexican boxing icons and future Hall of Famers Marco Antonio Barerra, Erick Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquiao holds the title as the first Asian Boxing Champion in three different weight categories. He is the current WBC Super Featherweight Champion, and the former World Champion at IBF Super Bantamweight and WBC Flyweight Division. Recently, after Floyd Mayweather official announcement of his retirement, Pacquiao added another momentous feats to his long list of boxing honors when he was named as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
On June 28 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Pacquiao will have a crack to become the first Asian fighter to win sanctioned world titles in four different weight divisions when he throw down the gauntlet against WBC lightweight champion David Diaz. Pacquiao considered as a “ National Treasure” by the entire Filipino people will make an effort to put up an eternal podium of boxing immortality for the country and the Asian region. Whatever maybe the aftermath, Pacquiao, will most likely be assured of a pew in the prestigious and exalted International Boxing Hall of Fame in the future.