Manny Pacquiao vs. Óscar Larios

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Pacquiao vs. Larios, also billed as Mano-A-Mano and Thrilla in Manila 2, was a professional boxing super featherweight fight held on July 2, 2006 at the Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, in the Philippines and was a production of ABS-CBN Sports and promoted by Manny Pacquiao Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.[1] The judges were Humbert Furgoni from France, Daniel van de Wiele from Belgium, and Noppharat Srichharoen from Thailand with referee Bruce McTavish and ring announcer Michael Buffer. It was aired live in free-to-air television network ABS-CBN, worldwide through The Filipino Channel, and through pay per view on In Demand, HBO, DirecTV, and SkyCable.[2] Pacquiao won the fight via unanimous decision, knocking down Larios two times. The three judges scored the fight 117–110, 118–108 and 120–106 all for Pacquiao.[3]

DateJuly 2, 2006
VenueAraneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines
Title(s) on the lineWBC International Super Featherweight
Tale of the tape
Boxer Philippines Manny Pacquiao Mexico Oscar Larios
Nickname Pac-Man Chololo
Hometown General Santos City, Philippines Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Pre-fight record 41-3-2 (32 KO) 56-4-1 (36 KO)
Height 5 ft 6 1⁄2 in (169 cm) 5 ft. 7 in. (170 cm.)
Weight 129.5 pounds (58.74 kg) 129 pounds (58.5 kg)
Style Southpaw Orthodox
Recognition WBC Super Featherweight
The Ring Featherweight
OPBF Flyweight
WBC Super Bantamweight
Pacquiao via 12th round UD

On July 3, 2006, the day after winning the fight against Larios, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo personally bestowed the Order of Lakandula with the rank of "Champion for Life" (Kampeon Habambuhay) and the plaque of appreciation to Pacquiao in a simple ceremony at the Presidential Study of Malacañang Palace.


Many people criticized the bout for its expensive tickets. A few days before the fight, more than half of the seats were not sold. Because of this, ABS-CBN gave away millions worth of tickets for free and offered the remaining tickets directly to Filipino celebrities, politicians, and businessmen. In the end, the tickets were sold out with an earning of 96.2 million pesos. The fight sold 120,000 pay per view (PPV) in the United States generating a total of US$4.79 million.[4]

The bout is currently the 17th most watched television broadcasts in the Philippines with a rating of 54.4% based on the data of AGB Nielsen Philippines.


  1. ^ Nathanielsz, Ronnie (July 3, 2006). "Inside Sports: ABS-CBN Pulls It Off".
  2. ^ "Pacquiao vs. Larios: Boxing's New Thrilla in Manila?". Boxing Press. May 23, 2006.
  3. ^ Thompson, Ben (July 2, 2006). "Round By Round: Pacquiao vs. Larios".
Preceded by
vs. Érik Morales II
Manny Pacquiao's bouts
July 2, 2006
Succeeded by
vs. Érik Morales III
Preceded by
vs. Israel Vázquez
Oscar Larios' bouts
July 2, 2006
Succeeded by
vs. Roberto Bonilla