In the last 15 years we've seen 3 really notable fights involving Asian fighters, including a bout that helped one Filipino continue what was one of the greatest rises in the sport's history.
We'll start with that Filipino who was, of course, Manny Pacquiao who stamped his foot on the Featherweight scene back in 2003 when he stopped Mexican great Marco Antonio Barrera in 11 rounds to claim the Ring Magazine Featherweight title. For Pacquiao this was his 5th fight in the US and it helped to really establish him on the world scene as he Barrera's scalp to the likes of Lehlo Ledwaba and Emmanuel Lucero. Since this bout Pacquiao has gone on to claim titles all the way up to Light Middleweight as he has established himself as one of the best fighters of his era. As for Barrera there is no doubt he will get into the Hall of Fame as a first ballot entry.
On the same day as Pacquiao's first win over Barrera there were also fans in South Korea watching as the great Yo Sam Choi suffered his second loss in 4 bouts. This time it was Beibis Mendoza who over-came the South Korean fighter who had lost just 16 months earlier to Jorge Arce. Sadly for Choi this loss, in a bout for the WBA interim Light Flyweight world title, was followed by back-to-back losses to Federico Catubay and Lorenzo Parra before Choi was effectively removed from the world scene. Unfortunately for Choi his career is now best remembered for it's tragic end in 2007 when he sadly passed away following a fight with Heri Amol.
The most recent of the bouts came just a year ago as Thailand's Srisaket Sor Rungvisai successfully defend the WBC Super Flyweight world title with a dominant victory over Japanese challenger Hirofumi Mukai. For Srisaket it was surprisingly his only successful world title defense and he would lose the title the following year courtesy of a technical decision loss to Carlos Cuadras in Mexico.
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