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The Best Filipino Boxers of All Time

Updated on October 22, 2015
Pancho Villa took on every boxer of his era and he was a nightmare for his opponents. He had a heart and will as big as his punch and skill.
Pancho Villa took on every boxer of his era and he was a nightmare for his opponents. He had a heart and will as big as his punch and skill. | Source
Flash Elorde is a Hall of Fame boxer from the Philippines. His overall ring generalship made him very hard to handle inside the squared circle.
Flash Elorde is a Hall of Fame boxer from the Philippines. His overall ring generalship made him very hard to handle inside the squared circle. | Source

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Ben Villaflor won the Jr. Lightweight title on two separate occasions. He was not great at any one thing but he was very good at all aspects of the sport.
Ben Villaflor won the Jr. Lightweight title on two separate occasions. He was not great at any one thing but he was very good at all aspects of the sport. | Source
Nonito Donaire fought Vic Darchinyan twice wining both bouts by knockout. Donaire has one punch knockout power especially in his devastating left hook.
Nonito Donaire fought Vic Darchinyan twice wining both bouts by knockout. Donaire has one punch knockout power especially in his devastating left hook. | Source

The Ten Best Filipino Fighters in History

1. Manny Pacquiao: Pacman is the only boxer in history to win championships in eight different weight classes. He is a southpaw with deadly power in both hands especially his straight left. He is also very fast, throws punches from odd angles and his footwork was special as well. As of Jan. 2014 Pacquiao had a record of 55-5-2 with 38 knockouts. He beat a slew top contenders including Marco Antonio Barrera (Twice), Erik Morales (Twice), Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley and Antonio Margarito. He is not only the greatest Filipino boxer but one of the best boxers of all time. Period.

2. Pancho Villa: Pancho died way to early at the age of 24 but even so he established a Hall of Fame career. Villa is one of the best Flyweight champions in boxing history and he won his crown by knocking out fellow legend Jimmy Wilde in seven rounds. He defended his title three times and beat several other top contenders during his short time in the sport. Villa retired with a record of: 78-4-4 with 22 knockouts. He was tenacious and always brought his A game, making adjustments and he could bang or box. He beat Wilde, Kid Carlin, Bud Taylor, Abe Goldstein and Johnny Buff among others.

3. Flash Elorde: Flash is the longest reigning Jr. Lightweight champion on history having held the title over seven years. He was a very fast southpaw with good movement. He was like Manny Pacquiao with a little less power. Flash Elorde retired with a marvelous record that reads: 89-27-2 with 33 knockouts. His victims included: Ismael LaGuna, Auburn Copeland, Harold Gomes (Twice) and Johnny Bizzarro. He was fleet of foot and he punched from all angles with speed and accuracy.

4. Ben Villaflor: Villaflor is a two time Jr. Lightweight champion who had solid footwork and fast hands. He worked the head and body with equal ferocity and he also took on all comers. He is underrated in the power department because he had pop in both his fists. He retired with a record of: 56-6-6 with 31 knockouts. Villaflor's biggest victories came against Alfredo Marcano, Hyun Chi Kim, Jimmy Robertson, Raul Cruz and Kenji Iwata.

5. Luisito Espinosa: Golden Boy is a former Bantamweight and Featherweight world champion. He was a boxer- puncher who worked the body well and he was very adept at cutting doff the ring. Espinosa retired from the squared circle with a record of: 47-13 with 26 knockouts. He is very respected because he fought all the best boxers of his era including: Kennedy McKinney, Manuel Medina, Cesar Soto, Raul Perez and Khaokor Galaxy.

6. Nonito Donaire: The Filipino Flash has won belts in four weight classes and his record as of Jan. 2014 is 32-2 with 21 knockouts. He has deadly one punch knockout power especially in the left hook. He can box but he is basically a stalking, pressure fighter and an accurate place puncher who lands shots in the right spots and boom it's over. His victims include: Vic Darchinyan (Twice), Jorge Arce, Hernan Marquez, Fernando Montiel and Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr.

7. Small Montana: Montana is known for his speed and for losing the big gets bouts of his career. But look closer. He lost to the very best and most of those boxers who beat him are now in the Hall of Fame. He also won the Flyweight championship by beating Midget Wolgast. He also beat Speedy Dado, Pat Palmer, Manuel Ortiz and Panchito Villa. Montana retired from boxing with a professional record of 81-23-10 with 11 knockouts.

8. Ceferino Garcia: Pedro was a former middleweight world champion who although not very fast had knockout power in both hands. He retired from the sport with a record of 119-30-14 with 74 knockouts. Garcia defended his 160 pound championship three times before losing it. Garcia's best wins came from beating: Glen Lee, Fred Apostoli, Jackie Burke, Baby Joe Gans and Kid Azteca.

9. Little Dado: Dado Is a former Flyweight and Bantamweight world champion. His final ring record reads: 72-6-11 with 23 knockouts to his credit. He lacked one punch power but he was quick and very accurate with his stiff jab. Dado fought all comers and he had very good stamina and heart which he displayed many times. Among his top victories were wins over: Jackie Jurich, Tony Olivera, Small Montana, Young Joe Roche and Henry Hook.

10. Rolando Navarette: Navarette knocked out Cornelius Boza-Edwards for the Jr. Lightweight crown and defended it once. He had heart and he was a slugger in the squared circle. His chin was very sturdy and he was very good at cutting off the ring when he was on Navarette retired from the ring with a record of: 57-14-3 with 33 knockouts.

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Manny Pacquiao knocked out Miguel Cotto in a welterweight title bout. The two warriors engaged in a grueling contest until Manny broke Cotto down in the late rounds.
Manny Pacquiao knocked out Miguel Cotto in a welterweight title bout. The two warriors engaged in a grueling contest until Manny broke Cotto down in the late rounds. | Source

The Prize Ring

The boxing ring is where the action takes place.
The boxing ring is where the action takes place. | Source

Punches in Prizefighting

1. Jab

2. Uppercut

3. Hook

4. Overhand Right

5. Strait Right

6. Check Hook

7. Bolo Punch

8. Right Cross

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      JP Carlos 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      These are top names in Philippine boxing. Flash Elorde is one name I can't forget. Apart from the Gyms with his name, he's just awesome.

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