MANILA, Philippines – From one boxing champion to another, Manny Pacquiao paid tribute to Lehlo Ledwaba on Saturday following news of the South African’s death, allegedly due to COVID-19.
The two warriors shared the ring together in June 2001, where a young Pacquiao, who was making his American debut as a replacement fighter two weeks early, stunned Ledwaba to win the IBF super bantamweight crown.
“It is very sad to hear of Lehlo Ledbawa passing! He was a true champion in and out of the ring and left an incredible legacy. RIP Champion! “Pacquiao posted on social media.
It is so sad to hear about Lehlo Ledbawa passing away! He was a true champion in and out of the ring and left an incredible legacy. RIP Champion! pic.twitter.com/6A0FT77MO6
– Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) July 3, 2021
Pacquiao’s upset over Ledwaba is considered one of his best performances and notable victories throughout his celebrated career, as it paved the way for his rise to stardom.
Ledwaba, 49, held the IBF super bantamweight belt from May 29, 1999 after he outpointed American John Michael Johnson until June 23, 2001 when he lost to Pacquiao via TKO in the sixth round of his fifth title defense.
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