BOXING HISTORY: Seven world titles in seven different weight divisions champion

White I was reading this article 'compubox pre analysis', at the very beginning of the paragraph it reads 'Pacquiao attempting to win five titles in five different weight classes'. The press telegram website also wrote about the same article stating Manny Pacquiao has won major world championships in four weight classes. BBC Sports also reported that Pacquiao is only bidding to become a five-weight world champion.

Let's start with Pacquiao's legitimate world championship titles:

WBC Lightweight / 135 David Diaz
WBC Super Feather / 130 Juan Manual Marquez
IBF Super Bantam / 122 Lehlo Ledwaba
WBC Flyweight / 112 Chatchai Sasakul

Do you think Pacquiao's six world titles in six different weight divisions (flyweight, junior featherweight, featherweight, junior lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight) aren't legit? The only reason some idiots out there are discrediting Manny Pacquiao of his accomplishments is mainly because his 1st fight with Marco Antonio Barrera is not considered as a title fight by any sanctioning bodies, But Pacquiao was recognized as world champion by Ring Magazine after his victory, and he held that title until relinquishing it in 2005. For some the Pacquiao - Hatton bout is not a legitimate world title because for them "legitimate championships" are only sanctioned by the WBA, WBC, WBO andor IBF.

In professional boxing, the lineal championship of a weight class is a notional world championship title. It is initially held at some moment in time by a boxer universally acclaimed as the best in the class. Another boxer can only win the lineal championship by defeating the reigning lineal champion in the ring. The lineal champion is described as "the man who beat the man".

When Marco Antonio Barrera defeated Naseem Hamed he automatically earned the IBO Featherweight title. On September 8, 2001, he defeated former champion Enrique Sanchez by sixth round TKO. On 22 June 2002, Barrera defeated Morales in a rematch, for the WBC Featherweight title, winning by unanimous decision. Barrera chose to defend the Ring Magazine Featherweight title instead of accepting the WBC title. On 7 November, he defeated former five-time world champion Johnny Tapia by a 12-round unanimous decision. Barrera got his 60th career fight on 12 April 2003, defeating former world champion Kevin Kelley by a knockout in round four to retain the Ring Magazine's world Featherweight title. Manny Pacquiao defeated Marco Barrera in a non-legit world title bout except for the Ring Magazine world title. Guess what Barrera is the Featherweight lineal champion.

To all of you cry babies out there I'd like you to know that Ricky Hatton is the light welterweight lineal champion when Pacquiao defeated him. Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated him in a non-title welterweight bout. Hatton was the WBA Welterweight Champion, but relinquished this title on 31 August 2006. Hatton is also the former WBU, WBA Light Welterweight Champion and WBC, WBA, WBO Inter-Continental Light Welterweight Champion, and former Ring Magazine Junior Welterweight Champion.

With or without the title, Pacquiao still defeated the lineal champions during those times thus making him the only person to win 6 lineal championship bout and that sums it all. Satisfied? If not don't fail to watch Pacquiao vs Cotto live!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Pacquiao has only won in 5 divisions.

What is this lineal thing...are you a dentist?

Winning a belt from a magazine is not legit.

Winning a belt from a minor league of boxing is not legit too...

If you are ok with being below average...then be my guest.