David Diaz vs. Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao 134 lbs beat David Diaz 135 lbs by TKO at 2:24 in round 9 of 12
- Date: 2008-06-28
- Location: Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Vic Drakulich
- Judge: Gary Merritt 80-71
- Judge: CJ Ross 80-72
- Judge: Paul Smith 80-71
- World Boxing Council Lightweight Title (2nd defense of Diaz)
- Aired on: HBO Pay-Per-View
- Promoter: Top Rank
Pacquiao was stonger and faster than Diaz, pounding him with big punches from the first round on. Early in the bout, Pacquiao would step in and rip off three and four punch combinations at a time. He cut the nose of Diaz in the second round and a few rounds later he opened a gash above the right eye of Diaz, turning the fight into a bloody affair. The cut was bad enough to prompt the referee to have the doctor look at it twice during the fight. Pacquiao hurt Diaz with an uppercut in round eight and in the ninth round, a jab followed by a left hand that Diaz never saw coming, sent him down face first to the mat and the referee jumped in to stop the action. Pacquiao puts his name in the history books as the only Asian fighter to win four major titles in four weight classes.
Bob Arum reported that the fight had made 12.5 million dollars (250,000 pay-per-view subscriptions at $49.95 each), earning Diaz his best payday of 850,000 dollars, whilst Pacquiao earned at least 3 million dollars plus. Official records revealed an attendance of 8,362 (out of a maximum capacity of 12,000). Holding both the WBC super featherweight and lightweight titles following the win, Pacquiao decided to vacate his super featherweight title in July 2008.