- Dec 17, 2016
The longest reigning junior lightweight in the world for 7 years with 10 successful defenses, Gabriel Elorde, nicknamed Flash Elorde, is considered the greatest Filipino boxer before the arrival of Manny Pacquiao. Elorde tried the heavier division by fighting lightweight champion Carlos Ortiz but he failed when Ortiz stopped him twice. It was just sad that Elorde became a chain smoker and at the young age of 49, he died of lung cancer. .