Unbeaten Filipino Dato gets Pacquiao-Thurman card going with KO win

/ 05:54 AM July 21, 2019
John Leo Dato

John Leo Dato during the official weigh-in. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

LAS VEGAS—Filipino John Leo Dato kicked off Saturday’s festivities in style.

Dato, one of three Filipinos in the Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman undercard, knocked out Juan Antonio Lopez in their eight-round featherweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena here.


The 26-year-old Dato, who was born in La Union and now resides in Santa Maria, California, dropped Lopez with a crushing body shot to end the fight at the 2:05 mark of the fifth round.

Dato extended his undefeated streak to 12-0 with eight knockouts and a draw.

Flashing his punching power, he has now stopped three of his last four opponents.

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