Pacquiao’s former opponent, Lehlo Ledwaba from South Africa, dies of COVID-19

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South African boxing champion Lehlohonolo Ledwaba, a former opponent of boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, has died of COVID-19, according to a report.

According to SuperSport, Ledwaba, affectionately called Lehlo, died on Friday on the way to the hospital from the consequences of the corona virus. He was 49.

Ledwaba entered the professional boxing scene in 1990 but waited until 1996 to secure his first world title after beating Cruz Carbajal for the WBU bantamweight title.

In 1999 he won the vacant IBF super bantamweight belt and defended it five times in a row.

The South African pug had his eye on his sixth title defense in a row in 2001 and suffered a technical knockout at the hands of Pacquiao in the sixth round in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It was Pacquiao’s biggest breakthrough in the boxing scene where he eventually became a legend. The match catapulted him into one of the greatest to have ever played the sport.

However, it was also the beginning of the decline in his career for Ledwaba when he lost four of his last seven fights.

He retired in 2006 with a 36-6-1 win-loss-draw record, including 23 knockouts.

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