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Who is Rustico Torrecampo?

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The only Filipino and the first person to knock out Pacquiao

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Filipino boxer Rustico Torrecampo who back in 1996 knocked out Manny Pacquiao in three rounds giving Pacquiao his first professional loss is making a comeback. At the time no one could have predicted that one day Pacquiao would rise all the way to junior middleweight and win seven divisional titles along the way.

With Pacquiao being so big, Digital Journal reports that Torrecampo, 38-years-old and inactive since 1997, will be making a comeback before the end of the year.

After beating Pacquiao, his career went downhill with a string of personal problems and an incident involving a person getting stabbed in 2008.

He made a license request to the Philippine Games and Amusements Board (GAB). They plan to put him through a variety of medical tests. Torrecampo's potential return has grabbed major headlines in the Philippines, where fans are hoping for a historic hometown rematch where Pacquiao gets his revenge.

He is the only Filipino and the first person to ever knock out Pacquiao.

 

Manny Pacquiao - First Loss

 

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 26, 2007 (STAR) SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson - The only Filipino to beat boxing icon Manny Pacquiao as a pro is at large, wanted for the murder of garbage truck driver Ernesto Ongkit in Tondo two weeks ago.

Rustico Torrecampo, 35, stabbed Ongkit twice over a disagreement caused by a road accident. Ongkit, 54, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Tondo Medical Center early morning last Sept. 11.

In 1996, Torrecampo knocked out Pacquiao with a left hook to the jaw at the Mandaluyong Sports Complex. It was Pacquiao’s first loss ever and broke a string of 11 straight wins. Pacquiao was poorly trained for the bout and wore eight-ounce gloves, compared to Torrecampo’s six-ouncers, as a penalty for weighing five pounds over the limit.

Torrecampo, however, failed to capitalize on the upset victory. A month after beating Pacquiao, he broke his left wrist during a bout against Ricky Sales and never went to a doctor for treatment. Torrecampo fell into hard times and retired from the ring in 1997 with a record of 14-8-5, with 7 KOs. The memory of his uneventful boxing career is immortalized by a small bone sticking out of his left wrist, the result of a fracture not healed properly.

Torrecampo lived with his family, his wife’s parents and siblings in a crowded squatter’s home on Nepomuceno street in Tondo.

Before leaving boxing in 1997, Torrecampo compiled a professional record of 14 wins, 8 losses and 5 draws.