2006-Manny Pacquiao Vs Erik Morales II
Recently we saw Manny Pacquiao, at the age of 40, defeat Adrien Broner. Whilst that wasn't a prime Pacquiao it's amazing to think how long he has been on top of the sport.
On this day in 2006 Pacquiao avenged his third professional loss by not just beating Mexican icon Erik Morales but stopping him, as he scored a 10th round TKO over "El Terrible" and evened their rivalry. Morales had beaten Pacquiao in 2005, famously turning southpaw to have a war with the Filipino in the final round, but would be stopped in back-to-back bouts by Pacquiao in 2006.
Morales would continue his legendary career through to 2012 before retiring with a record of 52-9 (36), and went on well beyond his best. Pacquiao continues to fight, and is now 61-7-2 (39).
1989-Plaisakda Boonmalert Debut
Typically we wouldn't talk about a journeyman in this section of the site, but Plaisakda Boonmalert needs to be congratulated on his 30th year as a professional! The Thai debuted back in 1989, at the age of 16, and fought as recently as November 2018! If he can fit in a fight next year, 2020, he will join a very short list of fighters to compete in 5 different decades, joining the likes of Robert Duran (60's, 70's, 80's 90's and 00's), Saoul Mamby (60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and 00's), Kid Azteca (20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's) and Jack Johnson (1890's, 1900's, 10s, 20's and 30's)
1947-Susumu Hanagata's birthday
Japanese fighter Susumu Hanagata may not be one of the countries legendary names, but he is an often over-looked fighter from the Land of the rising Sun. He was born on this day in 1947 and would be a fixture in the Flyweight division from the late 1960's to the mid 1970's.
Hanagata is probably best known for a a 1968 win over Masao Oba, who would avenge the loss in 1972. As well as defeating the legendary Oba he would also score notable wins over Efran Torres, in 1969, and Chartchai Chionoi in 1974, to win the WBA Flyweight title. Sadly his reign as a world champion was a short one, losing in his first defense.
During a 13 year career, that ended in 1973, Hanagata would go 41-16-8 (8). What makes that even more remarkable is that he started his career 8-6-5.