2003-07-26 Manny Pacquiao w rsc 3 Emmanuel Lucero, Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - IBF
2003-07-26 Manny Pacquiao w rsc 3 Emmanuel Lucero, Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - IBF. Referee: Jose Cobian. Outclassed from the first bell, Lucero 121¼) continually ducked for cover as the southpaw champion threw heavy but wild blows. He also suffered on several occasions when the follow-up ended with him almost being forced to the floor as Pacquiao (120) laid on him. In the third round Pacquiao finally found his range and it came as no surprise that Lucero fell apart when a terrific left cross smashed him into the ropes where he collapsed, immediately prior to the referee stopping the contest on the 0.48 mark to save him from further punishment.
After Pacquiao vacated the title following his 11th round retirement win over Marco Antonio Barrera at featherweight on 15 November 2003, Israel Vazquez was eventually matched against Jose Luis Valbuena to find a new champion.