Suburban Manila saw Manny’s return to his homeland. This was because he had to meet junior featherweight champ Oscar Larios . The clash took place on July 2 at the packed Araneta Coliseum. If one remembers, that’s the same venue where Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier waged their epic third battle. Manny had yet to have at this point in time, conclude his trilogy especially that one with Erik Morales.Larios had the early round to his advantage. The boxer turned national hero in the Philippines wanted to give his fans a hometown fight.
So he put his rubber match with rival Erik Morales despite the risk when he took on former junior featherweight champ Oscar Larios.The latter actually came up from two divisions. The fight took place Sunday morning in Manila to accommodate a live pay-per-view telecast Saturday night in the United States. Larios gave Manny a hard fight by making things difficult for him. This was though he was just coming off from a TKO loss in a junior featherweight championship fight in December and was a big underdog.
In this fight, he blew his big chance for a possible knockout when he hit Pacquiao with a huge left hook in the third round. Pacquiao blind to his hurt, recovered. He continuously ripped Larios, lashing cuts above and below his left eye, and scored knockdowns in the seventh and the 12th rounds, although neither came on a devastating blow. Manny unloaded his counter-attacking stance early which made Larios went down twice and dominating him en route a crowd-pleasing unanimous decision, one that set the stage for the third rubber match with Morales.Posted May 15th, 2008 by boxingvid | 455 views 609 Comments »