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Pacquiao vs Bradley II: Manny Pacquiao Greatest Hits

Manny Pacquiao's career has been filled with big fights, big wins, and great rivalries with some of the best fighters of his generation. Look back on the highlights from his last 13 years in the sport.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

June 23, 2001, def. Lehlo Ledwaba (TKO-6)

What We Say Now: The American audience got its first taste of Pacquiao in this fight, as he smashed Ledwaba to win the IBF super bantamweight title on the De La Hoya-Castillejo undercard.

November 15, 2003, def. Marco Antonio Barrera (TKO-11)

What We Say Now: Pacquiao's real breakout fight was this dominant win over Barrera, a Hall of Famer-to-be who was one of the top fighters of his era. It's an odd fight to go back and watch. On the one hand, it's a great performance by Manny, but on the other, it's from the time when he was still a pretty one-dimensional fighter. Is this truly one of his great nights? In a way, yes. In another way, not really, because he just wasn't nearly as good as he'd get.

May 8, 2004, drew Juan Manuel Marquez (D-12)

What We Say Now: Marquez's performance in this fight was downright heroic, as he came back from a trio of first round knockdowns to outbox Pacquiao for much of the fight. It turned into the greatest rivalry in modern boxing.

January 21, 2006, def. Erik Morales (TKO-10)

What We Say Now: Stinging from a loss to Morales in 2005, Pacquiao got revenge in the rematch, becoming the first man to stop the Mexican warrior. Morales had come in off of an upset loss to Zahir Raheem, but it was still an excellent win for Manny.

November 18, 2006, def. Erik Morales (KO-3)

What We Say Now: In a fight that probably didn't need to happen, really, Pacquiao smashed Morales in three rounds to put the finishing touch on their rivalry. Still game but at this point physically overmatched by the younger man, Morales fought his heart out but knew he was out of his depth, shaking his head on a third round knockdown and giving up on the fight.

March 15, 2008, def. Juan Manuel Marquez (SD-12)

What We Say Now: In an outstanding fight that set the record for sub-welterweight pay-per-view buys at the time, Pacquiao and Marquez met in an overdue rematch at 130 pounds, the last time Pacquiao would fight at the weight. It was debatable just like the first and third fights, with Pacquiao winning a disputed decision.

December 6, 2008, def. Oscar De La Hoya (RTD-8)

What We Say Now: Part-timer De La Hoya was trucked by Pacquiao, a smaller man but one who carried the welterweight limit better than Oscar did at this point. While it's indisputable that De La Hoya was drained and a weak fighter that physically stood no chance in the fight, it's also indisputable that Pacquiao wasn't supposed to be able to do this, and it was a superstar-making performance.

What We Said Then: "Manny Pacquiao is an enormous talent who continues to get better and better, as hard as it is to believe. Last night, he proved that a great little man absolutely can beat a good bigger man. And not just beat him, but annihiliate him. Punish him. Make him quit."

May 2, 2009, def. Ricky Hatton (KO-2)

What We Say Now: GOOM!

What We Said Then: "Hatton had nothing for Pacquiao. Nothing. Ricky Hatton is a hell of a fighter and Manny Pacquiao made him look like a guy who didn't belong in there."

November 14, 2009, def. Miguel Cotto (TKO-12)

What We Say Now: Arguably a career-best performance for Pacquiao -- this fight or the Hatton fight -- Manny was fast, ferocious, and overpowered a top opponent once again. It was a peak performance for Manny.

What We Said Then: "Pacquiao (50-3-2, 38 KO) floored Cotto on timing shots in the third and fourth rounds, but after Cotto looked sharp, strong and fast early, he was dominated over the latter half of the fight. Pacquiao proved that there is no questioning his power at this weight, and no questioning his ability to take a good shot, either. He walked through some strong punches from Cotto (34-2, 27 KO) and seemed to barely feel them. Pacquiao, on the other hand, was able to hurt Cotto consistently."

November 13, 2010, def. Antonio Margarito (UD-12)

What We Say Now: Margarito was too big for Pacquiao, and it barely mattered -- Pacquiao broke the bigger man's face, dominating the bout but getting beaten up just a bit along the way, too, enough that he ruled out future fights over 147-pound limits.

What We Said Then: "Pacquiao started strong, showcasing his speed and movement against the lumbering, clearly bigger Margarito. Margarito took the second round on our scorecard in what was an awesome offensive display from both fighters. Tonight, what may have been most learned is simple: Manny Pacquiao can take a punch from a bigger man. And take it pretty well. Margarito gave his best tonight against Pacquiao, but it simply wasn't close to enough. Pacquiao was too fast, too active, too good for the Mexican foe, and Margarito couldn't keep up with him, no matter how hard he tried."

November 12, 2011, def. Juan Manuel Marquez (MD-12)

What We Say Now: Pacquiao was lucky to get out with the win against Marquez, eventually setting up the fourth fight a year later. What was thought to be a mismatch on paper, given Pacquiao's success above 135 pounds and Marquez's lack of it, turned out to be another brilliant contest between two men who are simply made for one another.

What We Said Then: "Those who ordered got more than they bargained for tonight. Even those who gave Marquez a greater chance than the majority did felt that he would lose, it seemed -- but it was arguable at best, and the Las Vegas crowd, at least the Marquez supporters, felt that Juan Manuel won. Perhaps, for the third time."

June 9, 2012, lost to Timothy Bradley (SD-12)

What We Say Now: For Pacquiao, it was a night that seemed to give him some shine back, but then the scores were read, and the boxing world was turned upside down.

What We Said Then: "In the early rounds, Manny Pacquiao controlled a lot of the action with his straight left hand, but though he bombed away at Bradley and wobbled him a couple of times, he was never close to stopping him or anything like that. If you gave Tim Bradley rounds earlier in the fight, this was close. Obviously, that happened with the ringside judges. Bradley (29-0, 12 KO) did close the fight pretty well, and didn't fight poorly. But he appeared to many of us to be outgunned and overpowered in the fight."

December 8, 2012, lost to Juan Manuel Marquez (KO-6)

What We Said Then: "In an unbelievable war, with both men touching the canvas, Juan Manuel Marquez knocked Manny Pacquiao out cold on a perfect right hand at the end of the sixth round, finally scoring a first official win over Pacquiao in their fourth fight -- and it may have been the best of their incredible, legendary rivalry."

November 24, 2013, def. Brandon Rios (UD-12)

What We Said Then: "Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO) completely had his way in the fight, with his speed giving Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO) fits from the first round until the end of the fight. Manny landed at will with his left hand early, and mixed it up with more body shots than usual, it seemed, landing thudding blows to the body that mixed in with sharp punches down the pipe upstairs. Rios was as determined as he always is, but he just couldn't solve the Pacquiao puzzle. There was far too much speed, movement, and variety from Manny, who turns 35 next month, and definitely isn't the fighter he was at his peak in perhaps 2008-09, but this is still a top fighter. Is his power the same? Maybe not. Is the killer instinct the same? I'd say it is not. But Manny remains one of the best in the world, and he showed tonight that he's at least a solid level above a tough, game, and strong guy like Brandon Rios."

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