Manny Pacquiao of Philippines unleashed a lethal right-left combination punch to knock out the former unbeaten Jorge Solis of Mexico in Round 8 and defend his World Boxing Council International superfeatherweight crown at the Aladome, San Antonio, Texas on Sunday, Philippine time.
He stepped up his forceful attack in the seventh and sent Jorge Solis, his Mexican opponent down at 1:16 in the eighth, when referee Vic Drakulich counted Solis out, Agence France-Presse reported.
Solis is good, but the punches against Jorge Solis were stronger, Pacquiao said in an interview. Solis tried to hit Pacquiao with straight jabs in the earlier rounds but could not go through the champion defense.
In Round 6, not even an accidental head butt that that left Pacquiao cut over the left eye could stop him from sending Solis to the test for the first time in the match.
Manny Pacquiao, in the 8th round, unleashed punishing combination punches to knock down Solis twice before the referee ended the fight.
Pacquiao, who holds the WBC's No. 1 contender to the super flyweight world title and the World Boxing Council's "international" super featherweight title held by Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico, improved to 43-3-1 with 35 wins inside the distance. Solis fell to 32-1-2.
A world title fight between Pacquiao and Marquez would seem a logical next step. The two met in a classic featherweight bout in May 2004 that ended in a draw.
However, the match-up could be obstructed by the fact that Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank both claim they have possession of a valid contract with Pacquiao.
While the lawyers sort things out, Pacquiao can again turn his attention to May 14 elections in the Philippines, where he is standing as a legislative candidate.
Last month, the General Santos City native's lawyer, Franklin Gacal, submitted Pacquiao's certificate of candidacy to run in South Cotabato.
The combination of Pacquiao's political and pugilistic pursuits caused a brief chaos earlier this month, when fans protested a bid to ban television coverage of Saturday's bout lest it give him an unfair advantage in the polls.
Broadcast outlets were flooded with calls and text messages demanding the 27-year-old hero's fight be shown.
There are rules in elections but Pacquiao is a phenomenon. He is the only thing right now that excites the whole country.
"How can you sacrifice that just because of some silly political exercise?"
On Saturday's undercard, Mexico's Cristian Mijares successfully defended his WBC super flyweight crown with a unanimous decision over former flyweight title holder Jorge Arce.
With scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111, Mijares improved to 31-3-2, with 12 wins inside the distance, and kept a title he captured on September 18.
Edgar Sosa captured the vacant WBC light flyweight belt with a majority decision over former champion Brian Viloria.
Mexico's Sosa improved to 27-5, with 14 wins inside the distance, thanks to a surge in the final rounds. Two judges scored the bout 115-113, while a third called it 114-114.
"I did enough to win, but he stepped it up in the championship rounds, and that was the difference in the fight," Viloria admitted.
Viloria, who fell to 19-2-1, held the title for nearly a year before losing to Omar Nino on August 10.
Nino then tested positive for methamphetamine and was stripped of the belt.