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Sunday, June 29, 2008


MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao made history, knocking out WBC lightweight champion David Diaz in the 9th round Sunday (Saturday in Las Vegas) to
become the first Asian to hold four different titles at different weights and the first Filipino to hold the crown.

After working his right jab effectively, Pacquiao called on an old favorite to finally end the match. Snapping Diaz's head with a right jab, Pacquiao unleashed a right jab before uncorking his pet left hand, sending the now former champ, who never saw the killer blow coming, crashing at the 2:24 mark of the ninth round.

Mandalay Bay Events Center erupted in cheers as Michael Buffer announced the new champion. Supporters rushed the ring as television interviewers sought out Pacquiao. Vic Drakulich waved off the fight after checking on Diaz, who Pacquiao approached even as he lay on the floor.

June 29, 2008 11:37:00
Francis Ochoa
INQUIRER.net Philippine Daily Inquirer

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