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Manny Pacquiao’s Best Bouts

Ahead of his showdown with Chris Algieri, the Filipino boxer picks his favourite fights

He's got a meeting with US welterweight Chris Algieri on 22 November at the Venetian casino in Macau, but he’s also celebrating the release, next week, of Manny – an excellent new documentary about his life. With that in mind, we asked the 35-year-old fighter to talk us through the five best bouts of his career…

 

JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ (2004)

"The first fight with Marquez [at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas] was my favourite. In the first round, I knocked him down three times, and the fight went on for 12 exciting rounds. Am I ready for a fifth fight with Marquez? Yes, if he wants to fight me."

 

MIGUEL COTTO (2009)

"This was a very hard fight for me. Our plan was not to hurry for a knockout, but to take my time. That win earned me my seventh weight class title, which had never been done, so it meant a lot to my career."

RICKY HATTON (2009)

"I can’t say that was my best performance ever, but at the very end of the second round, I knocked [Hatton] out with a left hook. The wins I had against Barrera, Morales, Marquez, De La Hoya, Hatton and Cotto were a tremendous winning run for me."

ANTONIO MARGARITO (2010)

"Margarito is the toughest opponent I have had. He hit me with a punch against the ropes in the 6th round that almost brought me down, but I was able to stay up."

FLOYD MAYWEATHER (2015?)

"I’m ready to fight Floyd any time. The problem is, he’s giving so many excuses. At the same time, if it doesn’t happen, I won’t dwell on it. I’m content with my career. He’s been taunting me many times, but [let’s] let our fists do the talking and enough with the blah, blah, blah."

Manny is out on Blu-ray and DVD on 17 November