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. 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 name: Benjamin Jamito Gan
      Born: February 24, 1913 Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines
      Weight(s): Flyweight
      Height: 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
      Stance: Southpaw
      Died: August 4, 1976 (aged 63) La Carlota, Negros Occidental, Philippines

      Boxing record

      Wins: 83
      Wins by KO: 18
      Losses: 24
      Draws: 10
      Total fights: 118
    2. Dodie Boy Peñalosa

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

      Born: November 19, 1962 (age 61) San Carlos, Negros Occidental, Philippines
      Nickname: Dodie Boy
      Weight:
      Light flyweight
      Flyweight
      Super flyweight
      Height: 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
      Stance: Southpaw

      Boxing record

      Wins: 31
      Wins by KO: 13
      Losses: 7
      Draws: 3
      No contests: 1
      Total fights: 42
    3. Luisito Espinosa

      Luisito EspinosaLuisito Pio Espinosa is a Filipino former professional boxer who competed between 1984 and 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.

      Born: June 26, 1967 (age 57) Tondo, Manila, Philippines
      Nickname: Lindol ("Earthquake")
      Weight(s):
      Bantamweight
      Featherweight
      Super featherweight
      Height: 5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)
      Stance: Orthodox
      Boxing record
      Wins: 47
      Wins by KO: 26
      Losses: 13
      Total fights: 60
    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.

      Born: August 1, 1901 Ilog, Negros Occidental, Philippines
      Nickname: Pancho Villa, Filipino Whirlwind , Little Brown Boy
      Weight(s): Flyweight
      Height: 5 ft 1 in (154 cm)
      Stance: Orthodox
      Died: 14 July 1925 (aged 23) San Francisco, California, U.S.

      Boxing record

      Wins: 89
      Wins by KO: 22
      Losses: 8
      Draws: 4
      Total fights: 103
    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.

      Born: August 26, 1906 Naval, Biliran, Philippine Islands
      Nickname: Bolo Punch Pedro
      Weight(s): Middleweight
      Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
      Stance: Orthodox
      Died: January 1, 1981 (aged 74) San Diego, California, United States

      Boxing record

      Wins: 120
      Wins by KO: 76
      Losses: 30
      Draws: 14
      Total fights: 164
    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.

      Born: August 7, 1972 (age 51) San Carlos, Negros Occidental, Philippines
      Nickname: Fearless
      Weight(s):
      Light flyweight
      Super flyweight
      Bantamweight Super bantamweight
      Height: 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
      Stance: Southpaw

      Boxing record

      Wins: 55
      Wins by KO: 37
      Losses: 8
      Draws: 2
      Total fights: 65
    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; the 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.

      Born: May 12, 1982 (age 42) Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines
      Nickname: Ahas (Snake)
      Weight(s):
      Mini-flyweight
      Junior-flyweight
      Flyweight
      Junior-bantamweight
      Height: 5 ft 3 in (160 cm)

      Boxing record

      Wins: 43
      Wins by KO: 23
      Losses: 1
      Draws: 6
      Total fights: 50
    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 in the super featherweight division for the longest title reign, spanning seven years. Wikipedia

      Born: March 25, 1935 Bogo, Cebu, Philippine Islands
      Nickname: Flash
      Weight(s):
      Bantamweight
      Featherweight
      Super featherweight
      Lightweight
      Height: 5 ft 5+1⁄2 in (166 cm)
      Stance: Southpaw
      Died: January 2, 1985 (aged 49) Quezon City, Philippines

      Boxing record

      Wins: 89
      Wins by KO: 33
      Losses: 27
      Draws: 2
      Total fights: 118
    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.

      Born: November 16, 1982 (age 41)
      Nickname: The Filipino Flash
      Weight(s):
      Flyweight
      Super flyweight
      Bantamweight
      Super bantamweight
      Featherweight
      Height: 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
      Stance: Orthodox

      Boxing record

      Wins: 42
      Wins by KO: 28
      Losses: 6
      Total fights: 48
    10. Manny Pacquiao

      Manny PacquiaoManny 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. Pacquiao 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

      Born: December 17, 1978 (age 45) Kibawe, Bukidnon
      Nickname: Pacman
      Weight(s):
      Flyweight
      Super bantamweight
      Featherweight
      Super featherweight
      Lightweight
      Light welterweight
      Welterweight
      Light middleweight
      Height: 5 ft 5+1⁄2 in (166 cm)
      Stance: Southpaw

      Boxing record

      Wins: 62
      Wins by KO: 39
      Losses: 8
      Draws: 2
      Total fights: 72

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