By Rene Bonsubre,Jr.
January 1 – Manny Pacquiao starts the year becoming the only boxer to hold world titles in four different decades.
January 18 - The Philippine Supreme Court orders the heirs of the late boxing promoter Rod Nazario to pay $130,349 (P6.6 million) with interest due to former WBC world featherweight champion Luisito Espinosa for the unpaid purse of his world-title fight in Koronadal city, South Cotabato in December 1997.
February 1 – Pedro Taduran retains his IBF world minimumweight title with a four round technical draw against Daniel Valladares (Mexico), Jardin Cerveza Expo, Guadalupe, Mexico.
February 8 – Yokasta Valle (Costa Rica) WTKO6 Carleans Rivas, IBF female world minimumweight title, Ciudad Deportiva Heiner Ugalde, San Jose, Costa Rica
February 15 – Gretel de Paz LUD8 Susie Ramadan (Australia) , vacant Women’s IBA world super flyweight title,Grand Star Reception and Convention Center,Altona North, Victoria, Australia
February 22 –Emanuel Navarrete (Mexico) WTKO11 Jeo Santisima, WBO world junior featherweight title, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada,USA
March 9 – ArAr Andales WKO5 Rey Caitom, vacant World Boxing Foundation (WBF) world minimumweight title, Robinson’s Galeria, Cebu City.
March 9 – Middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial qualifies for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after reaching the semis in the Asia and Oceania Olympic Qualifying tournament in Amman,Jordan.
March 11- Eumir Felix Marcial wins the middleweight gold medal in the 2020 Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifying Tournament by beating Abilkhan Amankul of Kazakhstan by split decision. Irish Magno becomes the first female boxer from the Philippines to qualify for the Olympics after beating Tajikistan's Sumaiya Qosimova via unanimous decision in their women's flyweight box-off in Amman,Jordan.
March 16 - President Rodrigo Duterte declares an enhanced community quarantine for the island of Luzon to contain the continuing and increasing spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) . Major cities and provinces in the Philippines would follow and lead to the cancellation of boxing promotions and all sports activities throughout the country.
May 3 – Laura Sarreal Elorde, the widow of Filipino boxing legend Gabriel "Flash" Elorde, passed away at the age of 92.
May 8 – Senator Manny Pacquiao files Senate Bill 1461, the Contagion Mitigation Act,that seeks to mitigate the spread of contagious diseases in the community such as COVID-19.
July 16- Olympic-bound Eumir Felix Marcial turns pro and signs with Manny Pacquiao (MP) Promotions.
August 18 – After 35 years, Cebu-based ALA Boxing announces closure of operations.
September 26 – John Riel Casimero W TKO3 Duke Micah (Ghana), retains WBO world bantamweight title, Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut, USA.
October 7 – After months of quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic, boxing made a successful return in the Philippines with a closed door fight card held in Mandaue City,Cebu.
November 6 – Junto Nakatani (Japan) WKO8 Giemel Magramo, vacant WBO world flyweight title, Korakuen Hall,Tokyo,Japan.
December 9 – Nonito Donaire tests positive for Covid-19, forcing him out of the December 19 WBC title fight against Emmanuel Rodriguez of Puerto Rico.
December 11 – Nonito Donaire undergoes a confirmatory Covid test which yielded a negative result and pursues resumption of WBC title fight.
December 16-IBF flyweight championship fight between holder Moruti Mthalane (South Africa) and challenger Jayson Mama gets cancelled.
December 16- Olympic bound Eumir Felix Marcial wins first fight as a professional,WUD4 Andrew Whitfield (USA), Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California,USA.
December 19- Substitute Reymart Gaballo WSD12 Emmanuel Rodriguez (Puerto Rico), wins WBC Interim bantamweight world title, Mohegan Sun Casino,Connecticut, USA.
Photo-Top left to right-Manny Pacquiao,Pedro Taduran,Johnriel Casimero, Bottom-left to right – Eumir Marcial,Reymart Gaballo,Irish Magno
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