2001-11-10 Manny Pacquiao tdraw 6 Agapito Sanchez, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA - IBF/WBO
2001-11-10 Manny Pacquiao tdraw 6 Agapito Sanchez, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA - IBF/WBO. Referee: Marty Denkin. Scorecards: 58-54, 57-55, 56-56. In an effort to unify two titles the fight between southpaw Pacquiao (120¼), the IBF champion, and the WBO’s Sanchez (120½) decided nothing when it went to the scorecards after the referee called it off at 1.12 of the sixth. This was following the doctor’s advice when Pacquiao was deemed unable to continue due to being badly cut over the right eye, an injury that occurred in the second round. Prior to that it had been a crude affair, with Sanchez deducted a point for landing low, and fighting wildly. He then lost another point in the fourth when both men fell over after Pacquiao had been hit low again and then seemingly kneed. When Sanchez was cut on the left eye in the fifth it was felt that with the harder-hitting Pacquiao going better he would take over, but that came to nothing when his eye damage worsened and the fight came to an end.
Due to defend the WBO title against Joan Guzman in August 2002, Sanchez was forced to vacate after it was discovered that he had cataract problems, and the former took on Fabio Oliva, who came in at two days notice, to find a new champion.