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2016-Mari Ando (12-8, 5) Vs Ibeth Zamora Silva (24-5, 9)
In 2016 Japanese fighter Mari Ando travelled to Mexico in an attempt to become a 2-weight world champion. The former WBC female Minimumweight queen unsuccessfully challenged WBC female Light Flyweigth champion Ibeth Zamora Silva, a hugely talented fighter. Sadly for Ando the Mexican was too good, and stopped Ando in the 6th round. Sadly Ando would only fight twice following this loss, ending her career after a defeat to Yuko Kuroki in 9 months after losing to Silva.
2007-Takefumi Sakata (29-4-1, 14) vs Lorenzo Parra (28-0, 17) III
Japan's Takefumi Sakata had twice lost to Venezuelan fighter Lorenzo Parra by majority decision in WBA Flywight title fights. In 2007 the two men would meet in their third bout, and this time attempting to make weight became too much for Parra, who came in at ridiculous 116¾lbs for a Flyweight title bout. Although Parra had a significant weight advantage over Sakata he had lost his belt on the scales, and would end up being stopped by the Japanese fighter in the 3rd round. Sakata would make 4 defenses, before losing the belt at the end of 2008 to Denkaosan Kaovichit, when he was stopped in the 2nd round.
2005-Manny Pacquiao (39-2-2, 30) Vs Erik Morales (47-2, 34) I
It's great to see two all time greats face off, and through out Manny Pacquiao's career he did that, often multiple times with the same fighters. One man who he shared a trilogy with was Mexican great Erik Morales. Their first bout came back in 2005, when Morales managed to out box the Filipino in what would be one of his final great performances. Morales wouldn't just out box the Filipino great, but would willingly go to war with him in the final round, ignoring his trainers advice to fight southpaw and give the fans a show in the final 3 minutes. Sadly for Morales he would be stopped in the following two bouts against Pacquiao who ended the series with a 2-1 advantage.