Top 10 Greatest Filipino Boxers of All Time
The evolution of Philippine boxing was thought to be after the Spanish–American War

In the Philippines, boxing is considered one of its most popular sports together with basketball due to the history of Spaniards and Americans coming to the Philippines. Now, the country has produced an overall 45 major world champions in different weight divisions. As a Filipino, you should be proud of that.

Here are the top 10 Filipino boxers of all time

    1. Small Montana

      Small MontanaBenjamin Jamito Gan is known professionally as Small Montana, was a Filipino boxer. Montana, who stood 5 feet and 4 inches (163 cm) tall and never weighed more than 112 pounds, won the Flyweight Championship of the World as recognized by New York state.

      Real nameBenjamin Jamito Gan
      BornFebruary 24, 1913 Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines
      Weight(s)Flyweight
      Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
      StanceSouthpaw
      DiedAugust 4, 1976 (aged 63) La Carlota, Negros Occidental, Philippines

      Boxing record

      Wins83
      Wins by KO18
      Losses24
      Draws10
      Total fights118
    2. Dodie Boy Peñalosa

      Dodie Boy PeñalosaDodie Boy Peñalosa (born November 19, 1962) is a Filipino former professional boxer who won the IBF light flyweight and flyweight titles. Diosdado “Dodie Boy” Peñalosa is Gerry’s older brother.

      BornNovember 19, 1962 (age 59) San Carlos, Negros Occidental, Philippines
      NicknameDodie Boy
      Weight Light flyweight
      Flyweight
      Super flyweight
      Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
      StanceSouthpaw

      Boxing record

      Wins31
      Wins by KO13
      Losses7
      Draws3
      No contests1
      Total fights42
    3. Luisito Espinosa

      Luisito EspinosaLuisito Pio Espinosa is a Filipino former professional boxer who competed between 1984 to 2005. He is a world champion in two weight classes, having held the WBA bantamweight title from 1989 to 1991 and the WBC featherweight title between 1995 and 1999.

      BornJune 26, 1967 (age 54) Tondo, Manila, Philippines
      NicknameLindol ("Earthquake")
      Weight(s) Bantamweight
      Featherweight
      Super featherweight
      Height5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)
      StanceOrthodox
      Boxing record
      Wins47
      Wins by KO26
      Losses13
      Total fights60
    4. Pancho Villa

      Pancho Villa1st ever Filipino to become a world champion. Francisco Villaruel Guilledo more commonly known as Pancho Villa was a Filipino professional boxer. Villa, who stood only 5 feet and 1 inch (154 cm) tall and never weighed more than 114 pounds (51 kg), despite the racial discrimination of that time, rose from obscurity to become the first Asian to win the World Flyweight Championship in 1923, earning the reputation in some quarters as one of the greatest Flyweight boxers in history. He was never knocked out in his entire boxing career, which ended with his sudden death at only twenty-three from complications following a tooth extraction.

      BornAugust 1, 1901 Ilog, Negros Occidental, Philippines
      NicknamePancho Villa, Filipino Whirlwind , Little Brown Boy
      Weight(s)Flyweight
      Height5 ft 1 in (154 cm)
      StanceOrthodox
      Died14 July 1925 (aged 23) San Francisco, California, U.S.

      Boxing record

      Wins89
      Wins by KO22
      Losses8
      Draws4
      Total fights103
    5. Ceferino Garcia

      Ceferino GarciaCeferino Montano Garcia was a champion boxer born in Naval, Biliran, Philippines. He holds the most victories ever achieved by a Filipino boxer and is also the only boxer from the Philippines to become world champion in the middleweight division.

      BornAugust 26, 1906 Naval, Biliran, Philippine Islands
      Nickname Bolo Punch Pedro
      Weight(s)Middleweight
      Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
      StanceOrthodox
      DiedJanuary 1, 1981 (aged 74) San Diego, California, United States

      Boxing record

      Wins120
      Wins by KO76
      Losses30
      Draws14
      Total fights164
    6. Gerry Peñalosa

      Gerry PeñalosaThe most technical boxer in the Philippines. Geronimo “Fearless” J. Peñalosa is a Filipino former professional boxer who competed from 1989 to 2010. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the WBC and lineal super-flyweight titles from 1997 to 1998, and the WBO bantamweight title from 2007 to 2009.

      BornAugust 7, 1972 (age 49) San Carlos, Negros Occidental, Philippines
      NicknameFearless
      Weight(s)Light flyweight
      Super flyweight
      Bantamweight Super bantamweight
      Height5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
      Stanceouthpaw

      Boxing record

      Wins55
      Wins by KO37
      Losses8
      Draws2
      Total fights65
    7. Donnie Nietes

      Donnie NietesDonnie Liboon Nietes is a Filipino professional boxer. He is a world champion in four weight classes, having previously held the WBO mini-flyweight title from 2007 to 2011; the WBO and The Ring magazine junior-flyweight titles between 2011 and 2016; IBF flyweight title from 2017 to 2018; and the WBO junior-bantamweight title from 2018 to 2019.[2] He is the longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion, surpassing in 2014 the record set in 1967 by Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Gabriel “Flash” Elorde. He was one of the first three Asian fighters with world titles in at least four weight classes alongside fellow Filipinos Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire.

      BornMay 12, 1982 (age 40) Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines
      NicknameAhas (Snake)
      Weight(s)Mini-flyweight
      Junior-flyweight
      Flyweight
      Junior-bantamweight
      Height5 ft 3 in (160 cm)

      Boxing record

      Wins43
      Wins by KO23
      Losses1
      Draws6
      Total fights50
    8. Flash Elorde

      Grabriel Flash ElordeGabriel “Flash” Elorde was a Filipino professional boxer. Before Manny Pacquiao took the boxing world by storm, he was widely regarded as the best Filipino boxer in history. He won the lineal super featherweight title in 1960. In 1963, he won the inaugural WBC and WBA super featherweight titles. He holds the record at super featherweight division for longest title reign, spanning seven years. Wikipedia

      BornMarch 25, 1935 Bogo, Cebu, Philippine Islands
      NicknameFlash
      Weight(s)Bantamweight
      Featherweight
      Super featherweight
      Lightweight
      Height5 ft 5+1⁄2 in (166 cm)
      StanceSouthpaw
      DiedJanuary 2, 1985 (aged 49) Quezon City, Philippines

      Boxing record

      Wins89
      Wins by KO33
      Losses27
      Draws2
      Total fights118
    9. Nonito Donaire

      Nonito DonaireNonito Gonzales Donaire Jr. is another Filipino professional boxer who was born in the Philippines but grew up in the United States. He has held multiple world championships in four weight classes from flyweight to featherweight, including the WBC bantamweight title since May 2021.

      BornNovember 16, 1982 (age 39)
      NicknameThe Filipino Flash
      Weight(s)Flyweight
      Super flyweight
      Bantamweight
      Super bantamweight
      Featherweight
      Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
      StanceOrthodox

      Boxing record

      Wins42
      Wins by KO28
      Losses6
      Total fights48
    10. Manny Pacquiao

      Manny PacquiaoThe only boxer in history to have won titles in all eight weight classes. Manny Pacquiao is the only boxer in history to have won twelve major world titles across eight weight classes.

      Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao Sr. is a Filipino politician and former professional boxer. Nicknamed “PacMan”, he is regarded as one of the greatest professional boxers of all time. He has been serving as a senator of the Philippines since 2016 and running for Presidency in the 2022 May 9 election in his country. Wikipedia

      BornDecember 17, 1978 (age 43) Kibawe, Bukidnon
      NicknamePacman
      Weight(s)Flyweight
      Super bantamweight
      Featherweight
      Super featherweight
      Lightweight
      Light welterweight
      Welterweight
      Light middleweight
      Height5 ft 5+1⁄2 in (166 cm)
      StanceSouthpaw

      Boxing record

      Wins62
      Wins by KO39
      Losses8
      Draws2
      Total fights72

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