Pacquiao honors ‘true champion’ Ledwaba
MANILA, Philippines — From one boxing champion to another, Manny Pacquiao paid tribute to Lehlo Ledwaba on Saturday following the news of the South African’s passing reportedly due to COVID-19.
The two warriors shared the ring together back in June 2001 where a young Pacquiao, who was making his United States debut as a replacement fighter on two weeks notice, stunned Ledwaba to win the IBF super bantamweight crown.
“So sad to hear the passing of Lehlo Ledbawa! He was a true champion in and out of the ring and left behind an amazing legacy. RIP champ!” Pacquiao posted on social media.
So sad to hear the passing of Lehlo Ledbawa! He was a true champion in and out of the ring and left behind an amazing legacy. RIP champ! pic.twitter.com/6A0FT77MO6
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) July 3, 2021
Pacquiao’s upset over Ledwaba is considered one of his finest performances and notable wins throughout his celebrated career as it paved 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 to June 23, 2001 when he lost to Pacquiao via TKO in the sixth round of his fifth title defense.