When we talk about Filipino boxer's called "Manny" we immediately think Manny Pacquiao. Before Pacquiao, however, there had been other Filipino "Manny's" in the sport. One of the more notable of those was Manny Melchor (38-35-6, 6), who's record looks terrible, though he made some genuine impacts in the sport during his 15 year, 79 fight career. Yes, he was no Pacquiao, but he was a world champion, who faced a who's who, and scored a number of notable wins.
Melchor's career stretched from 1987 to 2002 and for a chunk of that time he was a notable player in the Minimumweight scene
Here we bring you the 5 most significant wins for... Manny Melchor
Eric Chavez I (December 30th 1990)
In September 1989 Filipino Eric Chavez had held the IBF Minimumweight title, thanks to a 5th round KO win against Nico Thomas in Indonesia. He had lost the title, in his first defense, to Fahlan Sakkreerin just 5 months later. The loss was a controversial one and Chavez would get a rematch with Fahlan, but lose a decision in that rematch. They were his only 2 losses heading into his December 1990 bout with Melchor, and he boasted a very good 28-2-3 (18) record. Melchor on the other hand was 15-14-3 (5). Melchor was, for all intents, a stay busy fight or a tune up for Chavez. But no one told Melchor he was there to lose, and he refused to play his part, taking a career changing majority decision over the former world champion. This win was a win that really injected Melchor's career with some hope and ambition.
Eric Chavez II (September 21st 1991)
Although Chavez had been a world champion less than a year before his first bout with Melchor his career seemed to be on the downside when the two men had a rematch the following year. Not only had Chavez lost to Melchor at the end of 1990 but he had also suffered a loss to Andy Tabanas in early 1991. Despite that Melchor wanted to prove his first win over Chavez wasn't a fluke, and almost a year after their first clash the two fought again. This time the close majority decision was turned into a unanimous decision for Melchor who did the double over the former world champion. Amazingly Chavez would turn in one of career best performances years after this loss, when he pushed Rosendo Alvarez close in a WBA title fight in the summer of 1996, showing that there was still something there with him, even if Melchor had scored 2 wins against him.
Pretty Boy Lucas (December 13th 1991)
Just months after Melchor scored his second win over Chavez he moved on to facing a another contender, the then 27-1-2 (9) Pretty Boy Lucas. Lucas was a year removed from a split decision draw for the IBF Minimumweight title, against the then defending champion Fahlan Sakkreerin Snr, in Thailand. Lucas was very much in the mix for another world title fight, and would actually end up with one in 1992 against Ricardo Lopez. Despite Lucas being well in the title mix it was Melchor who came out of this one with his arm raised, as he scored another upset win and took a split decision over Lucas. The win for Melchor saw him giving Lucas his first loss in more than 4 years, with Lucas being unbeaten since a March 1988 bout with Samuth Sithnaruepol. The win again proved that Melchor, whilst inconsistent, was able to compete against world class fighters, at least on his day.
Fahlan Sakkreerin Snr (September 6th 1992)
With Melchor having beaten Chavez, twice, and Lucas, he was very much in the discussion for a world title fight. Few would expect him to win a world title, but he was in the title mix on merit, following his 3 very big divisional wins. He finally got his world title fight when he was matched with IBF champion Fahlan Sakkreerin Snr, the man who had taken the IBF title from Chavez and then defended it against both Chavez and Lucas. On paper this looked like it was going to be a straight forward defense for the then 21-1-1 (9) champion however Melchor wasn't one for giving people what was expected. Instead he travelled to Thailand and managed to out point the Thai local over 12 rounds to claim the IBF title and become a world champion at the age of 23. Amazingly coming in to this bout Melchor was 19-15-4 (5) and against Sakkreerin must really have been given no chance.
Sadly Melchor's reign was a short one, losing the belt just 3 months later to Ratanapol Sor Vorapin.
Masamori Tokuyama (November 25th 1996)
More than 4 years after upsetting Fahlan Sakkreerin Snr in Thailand we saw Malchor claim another huge upset as he out-pointed the then unbeaten Masamori Tokuyama at Korakuen Hall. Tokuyama, then 11-0 was technically taking a step up in class, but it was a step up that he was supposed to make with no problems. Tokuyama was unbeaten, fighting at home, and seemingly hitting his stride. Whilst Melchor may have been experienced, with this being his 63rd professional bout, but he wasn't supposed to be a real test for Tokuyama. Once again no one gave Melchor the script, and he ended up taking a decision over the then 22 year old Tokuyama.
As the years went on this win grew and grew in stature, unlike Melchor's other wins. This was due to the success of Tokuyama, who would later go on to win the OPBF and WBC Super Flyweight titles. This was one of only 3 losses Tokuyama suffered in his 36 fight career and really stands out as a sign of how good Melchor could be.
Whilst Melchor did hold a world title, and did score some solid wins, there will always be a question mark about how good he could have been, if only he fought to his potential more often. There was talent there, but with wins in less than half of his career bouts he has one of the worst records of any former world champion. Something not really befitting of a man who beat Eric Chavez, Pretty Boy Lucas, Fahlan Sakkreerin and Masamori Tokuyama. In terms of ability he's better than his record suggests, but that doesn't change the fact that he suffered 35 career losses in his 79 professional bouts!
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