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Manny Pacquiao vs Agapito Sanchez

Manny Pacquiao vs Agapito Sanchez

Date: 10th November 2001

Venue: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California

Title: IBF & WBO World Super-bantamweight Titles

Promoter: Top Rank

Tv: HBO Sports

Manny Pacquiao
( 33 - 2 - 0 )
Weight: 120½ lbs

Agapito Sanchez
( 31 - 9 - 2 )
Weight: 120½ lbs

On November 10, 2001, Manny Pacquiao faced off against Agapito Sanchez in a highly anticipated IBF & WBO World Super-bantamweight unification fight at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. The fight was promoted by Forum Boxing, M&M Sports, and Univision Sports.

Pacquiao was defending his title (IBF) for the first time, while Sanchez was also making his first title defense (WBO). The fight was closely contested, with both fighters exchanging blows and looking for opportunities to land significant punches.

However, Sanchez lost two points in the fight for low blows, which would prove to be a significant factor in the outcome of the match. Despite this setback, he continued to fight on and made the match very difficult for Pacquiao.

In the 6th round, a bad cut opened up on Pacquiao's right eye due to an accidental headbutt in the 2nd round that worsened due to another headbutt in the 6th. The ringside doctor decided to stop the bout, citing the severity of the cut.

The judges' scores reflected a close fight, with Ric Bays scoring the bout 58-54 in favor of Pacquiao, Marshall Walker scoring the bout 56-56, and Raul Caiz Sr. scoring the bout 57-55 in favor of Sanchez.

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