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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Sunday, 10 May 2009 08:08

B efore Manny Pacquiao became a world champion in boxing, seven other Filipino boxers blazed the trail. The earlier Filipino boxing champs (in alphabetical order): Gabriel “Flash” Elorde, Luisito Espinosa, Ceferino Garcia, Rolando Navarrete, Diosdado "Dodie Boy" Peñalosa and his brother, Gerry Peñalosa and Pancho Villa (AKA Francisco Guilledo).

Some pundits doubt whether Mr. Pacquiao will become the greatest Filipino boxer in history. His predecessors have certainly earned their respective niche in the boxing world. One thing going for Mr. Pacquiao is that he has in his corner currently the shrewdest boxing promoter and the best pound-for-pound trainer, respectively.

The Internet provides lots of links about all the seven former Filipino boxing greats. Here are some of the highlights of their boxing career and the URLs to some of articles written about them:

* G abriel “Flash” Elorde was voted in 1974 as “the greatest world junior-lightweight boxing champion in WBC history” for defending his title 10 times in seven years. He held the distinction of being the longest-reigning world junior lightweight champion ever. He was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame and International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993. Flash Elorde won a total of 79 bouts in his professional boxing career.

This writer knew Flash Elorde although he was a mere acquaintance of mine. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, I lived in BF Homes in Parañaque City and my residence was just two miles away from Mr. Elorde’s compound, where he had a modest sports complex, including a gym. The retired boxer would jog along Sukat Road in Parañaque and people would wave at him or join him in his run. Sometimes his jogging would take him inside the BF Homes subdivision and he would engage people like me in light banter and friendly conversation. But fame and fortune never got to his head and he remained modest until he died in January 1985. People told him that he could win the election for mayor or even capture the seat in the House of Representatives but he knew his limitations. Mr. Elorde knew that while he was a well-known celebrity, he did not have the training and the education to become the mayor or a congressman. He was comfortable with his simple life, as he taught amateur and up-and-coming boxers the finer points of his sport.


As the Associated Press reported on Jan. 3, 1985, “Mr. Elorde was frequently described by Filipino sportswriters as the nation's greatest athlete. He also had a reputation as a philanthropist. With his earnings as a fighter, he built a school, an orphanage and a Roman Catholic church in a Manila suburb, where he also created a sports complex to train young boxers.” 

To read more about the exploits of Flash Elorde, please click on these hyperlinks:

Gabriel Elorde - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Gabriel "Flash" Elorde (March 25, 1935 – January 2, 1985) is widely considered as one of the greatest Filipino boxers of all time along with fellow super...

YouTube - Gabriel "Flash" Elorde vs Sandy Saddler II - Part 1 

YouTube - Gabriel "Flash" Elorde vs Sandy Saddler II - Part 2 

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YouTube - Gabriel "Flash" Elorde vs Sandy Saddler II - Part 3  

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Pinoy boxing great Gabriel "Flash" Elorde vs Sandy Saddler for the Featherweight championship of the world.



Flash Elorde Is Dead at 49; Held Boxing Title in the 60's - New ...

Gabriel (Flash) Elorde, a Filipino who rose from poverty to become world junior- lightweight boxing champion in the 1960's, died in a suburban hospital ... 


* L uisito Espinosa held for five years two different world boxing titles: the World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight crown and the World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight belt. He was the “Athlete of the Year” of the Philippines twice.


To read more about the boxing career of Mr. Espinosa, please click on these links:

Luisito Espinosa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Luisito Pio Espinosa (born June 26, 1967 in Manila) is a retired boxer from the Philippines who won World titles in two different weight divisions . . .

Luisito Espinosa  Residence, San Francisco, California, United States. birth place, Tondo, Manila, Philippines. birth name, Luisito Pio Espinosa. stance, orthodox ... 



* C eferino Garcia was known for his bolo punch. He captured the world middleweight title on October 2, 1939, when he knocked out Fred Apostoli in New York. He was the heaviest boxer ever to come from the Philippine archipelago. He defended his crown against top rivals twice (Americans Glen Lee and Henry Armstrong before losing his title in May 1940.) Before he switched to the middleweight division, Garcia became a welterweight champion when he knocked out boxing-legend and war-hero Barney Ross in 1937 and Henry Armstrong in 1938. In 1977, he was inducted into the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame and into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1981.


To read more about Mr. Garcia, please click on these links:

Ceferino Garcia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mar 28, 2009 ... Ceferino Garcia (August 26, 1912 — January 1, 1981) was a champion boxer born in the Tondo, Manila, Philippines. His number of victories . . .

Ceferino Garcia vs Henry Armstrong - Part 1

Ceferino Garcia fighting All time great Henry "Hurricane Hank" Armstrong for the Welterweight championship of the world.     


Ceferino Garcia vs Henry Armstrong Part 2

Ceferino Garcia vs Henry Armstrong Part 3 

Ceferino Garcia story   Ceferino Garcia, the boxer, was the eldest child of Fortunato (Porto) Garcia and Pascuala Pieras. The couple bore six children, but only five grew up to . . . 



* R olando Navarrete won the WBC Super featherweight title by knocking out Cornelius Boza Edwards in Italy in 1981. He later defended it against Choi Chung-Il of Korea, but eventually lost the title to Rafael "Bazooka" Limon.

To read more about Mr. Navarrete, please click on the following links:

Rolando Navarrete - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 


Rolando Navarrete is a Filipino ex-boxer who won the WBC Super featherweight title by knocking out Cornelius Boza Edwards in Italy in 1981 . . .

Rolando Navarrete - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia

 Sep 15, 2008 ... Name: Rolando Navarrete Career Record: click. Alias: Bad Boy from Dadiangas Nationality: Philippine Birthplace: General Santos City . . . 



* D iosdado "Dodie Boy" Peñalosa (born November 19, 1962, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental Philippines) is a retired Filipino boxer and a former IBF champion in the light flyweight and flyweight classes.

To read more about Dodie Boy Peñalosa, please click on these hyperlinks:

Dodie Boy Peñalosa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

His younger brother, Gerry Peñalosa, is the WBO bantamweight champion. Dodie Boy Peñalosa Jr., a son of his, is also a professional boxer . . .

Dodie Boy Penalosa  nationality. Philippines. alias, Dodie Boy. residence, Cebu City. birth place, San Carlos, Philippines. birth name, Diosdado Penalosa. stance, southpaw . . .

Dodie Boy Penalosa Clarifies Media Reports | Allaine Ramos      

Former two-division world champion Dodie Boy Penalosa is flattered by news stories referring to him now as the new conditioning coach of superstar Manny Pacquiao . . .          


* G erry Peñalosa won the World Boxing Council (WBC) super flyweight crown in 1997 and was able to defend it three times until August 1998. In June 1999, he knocked out a Mexican fighter to clinch the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) North-American junior bantamweight title in Mississippi. He won the WBO bantamweight title by knocking-out a Mexican boxer at the age of 36 years.


To read more about Mr. Peñalosa, please click on these hyperlinks:


Gerry Peñalosa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Geronimo "Gerry" Peñalosa is a Filipino professional boxer. He is a former holder of the WBC super flyweight and the WBO bantamweight titles . . .                      

YouTube - Gerry Penalosa vs. Martinez HL

Another Philippine bomber with Roach Engine.Pacman is great, no doubt. But . . .       

YouTube - Juanma Lopez Won over Gerry Penalosa


Juanma Lopez Stops Gerry Penalosa in round 9. ... Gerry Peñalosa vs Ratanachai Vorapin - TKO Round 8 · Added. 3:36.


Gerry Peñalosa vs Ratanachai Vorapin . . .                



*  P ancho Villa (AKA Francisco Guilledo ) is considered the greatest flyweight of the century and Asia’s first world champion in boxing. Some consider him the greatest Filipino boxer of all time. He was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame and International Boxing Hall of Fame. Known for his whirlwind style, Villa, then 22, knocked out the then-reigning world flyweight champion Jimmy Wilde of England in the seventh round at New York’s Polo Grounds on June 18, 1923.


To read more of the boxing exploits of Pancho Villa, please click on these links:


Francisco Guilledo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pancho Villa (August 1, 1901 - July 14, 1925) was the nome de guerre by which the legendary Filipino flyweight boxer Francisco Guilledo was best known . . .

Pancho Villa (Filipino boxer) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia

Britannica online encyclopedia article on Pancho Villa (Filipino boxer), Filipino professional boxer, world flyweight (112 pounds) champion.    

PilipinoKomiks: Pancho Villa: A Tribute to the Greatest ...

Pancho Villa: A Tribute to the Greatest Filipino Boxer of All Time. September 1922 Issue of Lipang Kalabaw Magazine, with Pancho Villa on the cover. # # #   

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Comments (1)
1 Thursday, 21 May 2009 05:27
you a have a pretty nice article but i would like to know the total numbers world champions the Philippines does?

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