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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:58 am 
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Francisco "Pancho Villa" Guilledo
W 80 (25 ko's) (+ 9 news) | L 5 (+ 3 news) | D 4 (+ 1 news) | Total 109
Boxing Hall of Famer, inducted in 1994.

Pancho Villa is considered by many to be the greatest Asian fighter in boxing history. Just over five feet tall, Villa was explosive and unrelenting in the ring. He had fought 105 times, sometimes with as little as a week between bouts, by the time of his death at age 24. Born Francisco Guilledo on the island of Panay in the Philippines, Villa often fought with other boys in his village. His reputation with his fists brought him to the attention of promoter Frank Churchill in Manila. Impressed with the then-80-pound fighter, Churchill began handling Villa and, reportedly, named him after the famous Mexican bandit.

Francisco "Pancho Villa" Guilledo got his name from the great mexican revolutionary leader "Pancho Villa", who advocated for the poor and wanted agrarian reform.

Villa fought exclusively in the Philippines from 1919 through April 1922, often facing much larger men. In that time, he lost only three fights and captured two Filipino titles. In 1922, Churchill took Villa to the United States. The young Filipino fought two no-decision bouts in New Jersey, losing-according to the newspapers-to Abe Goldstein and Frankie Genaro. The America press and public were at first slow to take notice of Villa. Churchill had difficulty arranging fights in major venues until, for almost no money, he got Villa and another Filipino, Elino Flores, on a card at Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Each fighter won his bout, and the crowd gave Villa a standing ovation.

Three months after his arrival in the U.S., Villa knocked out Johnny Buff in eleven rounds to win the American flyweight title. Genaro took the title back in 1923 in a 15-round decision that most observers believed belonged to Villa. Meanwhile, British flyweight champion Jimmy Wilde had come to New York seeking the world title. Although Genaro was a likely opponent, the now wildly popular Villa was considered a better draw. In the match at New York's Polo Grounds, Villa displayed his relentless, attacking style, peppering Wilde with punches from both hands. In the seventh round, Villa battered Wilde to a state of helplessness, ending the fight and Wilde's career. Villa becomes the very first Filipino (Pinoy) Boxing World Champion, and thus a national hero.

Although a proposed rematch with Genaro never took place, Villa defended his title several times in the U.S. and the Philippines. Villa fought in a non-title bout with Jimmy McLarnin on July 4, 1925 in Oakland. Weak from the recent extraction of a wisdom tooth, Villa lost the decision. It was to be his last fight. Another visit to the dentist resulted in the discovery of an infection and the extraction of three more teeth. Villa ignored the dentist's instructions to rest and return for a follow-up visit, and instead indulged in a week-long party. The infection worsened, and by the time Villa's trainer, Whitey Ekwert, discovered the fighter's distress and rushed him to the hospital, it was too late. Villa died in the hospital of Ludwig's Angina, an infection of the throat cavity.

He died as the reigning World Flyweight Champion at the tender age of 23.

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Excerpted with permission from 'The Boxing Register' by James B. Roberts and Alexander G. Skutt, copyright © 1999 by McBooks Press. All rights reserved. The 3rd edition of 'The Boxing Register' was published in June 2002.

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Francisco "Pancho Villa" Guilledo - A great fighter worthy to be remembered and adulated just like his namesake.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 1:22 am 
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Why he is considered the greatest?

Here's why:

- At the time of his death, he has compiled a total of 109 fights.
- He was only a professional for 6 years. That's an average of 18 fights per year. That's unheard off even in today's standards.
- The very first Filipino Boxing World Champion
- He was still the reigning champ at the time of his death.
- After 109 fights, he only had 5 losses(3 NWS).
- He is the 1st Asian boxer to campaign in America.
- All of his losses was either a Newspaper decision loss, disqualification or by points decision loss.
- He was never rated or considered a Pound 4 pound champion because the word P4P was coined after the great Sugar Ray Robinson of the 40-60's era. Pancho Villa's era was from 1919 to 1925, thus, there are no Pound 4 Pound champions of that day.
- Villa fought hall of famers & great fighters like: Jimmy Wilde, Kid Williams, Frankie Ash, Jimmy McLarin etc.
- Most of Villa's opponents are 5 to 10 lbs heavier than him.
- He is the ONLY FIlipino boxer to have ever fought in 11 different states of USA excluding his fights in Canada and Manila.

I don't think any Filipino or Asian boxer for that matter can surpass that kind of record.


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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2016 2:28 pm 
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After almost 9 years, Pacquiao can be safely included to the debates of being the greatest Asian fighter...

Some might say that the debate is over...

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