LAS VEGAS – Bobby Pacquiao, the younger brother of Manny Pacquiao, suffered a first round loss against Urbano Antillon, the World Boxing Council’s No. 2 in the lightweight division.
Pacquiao co-headlined the Top Rank boxing event, which also showcased the skills of two other Filipino boxers in front of a modest crowd at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino last March 13.
With less than 11 seconds remaining in the first round, Antillon threw a three-punch combination with the last shot, a left hook, perfectly landing on the right midsection of Pacquiao, whose back was against the rope.
The shot to the liver area slowly sent Pacquiao to the ground. He grimaced and sat as if a penetrating force pushed him to the ground. He bent down on all fours. Referee Joe Cortez continued to count to 10. Using both his arms, Pacquiao tried to push himself up the canvas. He slumped and fell back on the blue canvas. It was over.
Inside the dressing room after the fight, members of Team Pacquiao shed tears. Pacquiao sat slumped forward on a couch burying his head inside a white towel trying to cover the disappointment on his face. He declined to speak with reporters after the match.
Trainer Eric Brown said Pacquiao suffered a vicious body shot.
“What can I say, it was a good body shot,” said Brown. “Bobby just got caught. It’s hard to get up from a punch like that.”
IBF and IBO Filipino Champion Nonito Donaire, who was also in the dressing room, put the punch in perspective.
“I’d rather get hit in the head than a shot to the liver,” he said. “That’s just a lethal blow.”
The loss brings Pacquiao’s record to ((29-14-3 13 KO’s). Antillon remains undefeated sporting a record (22-0 15 KO’s).
Pacquiao’s brother, Manny, did not attend the event.
In one of the more exciting fights of the evening, FilAm female boxer Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton of San Francisco continues to improve winning by a unanimous decision against Clara De La Torre of New Mexico.
Showing more boxing arsenal at her disposal, Julaton overwhelmed the much taller De La Torre for her third win since turning professional late last year.
Julaton controlled all four rounds of the bout displaying a good sense of ring generalship by taking control inside a clinch throwing left and right uppercuts to neutralize her opponent’s long reach advantage.
During the third round, Julaton almost knocked down De La Torre. De La Torre staggered a bit when Julaton connected with a right hook and followed with a left uppercut to the head.
De La Torre had no chance. Julaton dominated the fight. The ringside judges scored unanimously in favor of Julaton.
Julaton showed more patience in this match, said Trainer Freddie Roach.
“She’s getting a lot better but she still has a few things she needs to work on,” he said. “Overall, I’m very impressed with her performance.”
Meanwhile, Julaton said that she was disappointed that she wasn’t able to knock down De La Torre. She admitted her opponent was tough because of her awkward fighting style.
“She always came forward, brought the fight to me, and had a lot of heart and conditioning,” said Julaton.
Almost a victory
The last bout of the evening featured Filipino Ernel Fontanilla of Sarangani Province in the Philippines (6-3-1 5 KO’s) vs. Manuel Sarabia of Mexico (16-23-8 10KO’s) in a four round super featherweight clash.
Fontanilla, who had not fought in a year, dominated the bout early. In the second round, he stunned the Mexican with a left uppercut to the head. The Mexican was dazed and fans stood up expecting Fontanilla to finish him off.
However, Fontanilla tried too hard. He swung many of his looping punches failing to connect the finishing blow against Sarabia until he just got tired himself.
Sarabia used the break to get his legs back. Meanwhile, Fontanilla began to breathe heavily and did not show the power behind his punches that was evident early in the first and second rounds. Sarabia came back and took over the third and fourth round of the bout.
The ringside judges scored the bout a majority draw.