|Real name||Francisco Villaruel Guilledo|
Pancho VillaFilipino Whirlwind
|Height||5 ft 1 in (154m)|
August 1, 1901|
Ilog, Negros Occidental, Philippines
|Died||July 14, 1925
San Francisco, California
|Wins by KO||22|
Francisco Guilledo (August 1, 1901 – July 14, 1925), more commonly known as Pancho Villa, was a Filipino professional boxer. Villa, who stood only 5 feet and 1 inch (154 cm) tall and never weighed more than 114 pounds (51 kg), despite the racial discrimination of that time, rose from obscurity to win as the first Asian World Flyweight Championship in 1923, earning acclaim in some quarters as "one of the greatest Asian/Filipino fighters in boxing history." He was never knocked out in his entire boxing career, which ended with his sudden death at the age of 23 from complications following a tooth extraction.
Early life and Philippine boxing career
Guilledo was born in Ilog, Negros Occidental, the son of a cowhand who abandoned his family when Guilledo was just six months old. He grew up in the hacienda of a wealthy local, helping his mother raise goats she tended on the farm.
When Guilledo was 11, he sailed to Iloilo City to work as a bootblack. While in Iloilo, he befriended a local boxer and together they migrated to Manila, settling in Tondo. He would occasionally spar with friends and soon attracted the attention of local boxing habitués. He fought his first professional fight in 1919 against Alberto Castr. Within two years, he was the Philippine Flyweight Champion, having dethroned Terio Pandong. He nearly gave up boxing after being spurned by a woman he courted, actually returning to Negros early in 1922 to retire. The clamor of Filipino boxing fans compelled him to return to the ring.
It appears that during this period, Guilledo was under the tutelage of at least two important local boxing figures. One was the American boxing promoter based in Manila Frank E. Churchill. Another was a Filipino ice plant executive and boxing manager named Paquito Villa. The renaming of Francisco Guilledo to Pancho Villa has been attributed to both men, depending on the source. One version tags Churchill as having renamed Guilledo into Villa, taking the name from the Mexican guerrilla leader. Another version maintains that Paquito Villa had legally adopted Guilledo as early as 1918, renaming him Pancho.
World Flyweight Champion
In May, 1922, Villa received an invitation from famed boxing promoter Tex Rickard to fight in the United States. He accepted the invitation and sailed to America together with Churchill and Paquito Villa. He immediately won his first overseas fight against Abe Goldstein in Jersey City on June 7, 1922. He then fought and defeated Frankie Genaro on August 22, 1922. By this time, Villa had caught the attention of boxing aficionados and he was slated to fight against the American Flyweight Champion Johnny Buff on September 15, 1922.
Villa defeated Buff in an upset, knocking out the champion in the 11th round to win the American Flyweight Championship. At this point, Villa had been in the American phase of his career for only 4 months. Villa lost the title early the following year to Genaro, who defeated the Filipino on points in a widely criticized decision. The unpopularity of Villa's defeat on points proved fateful. Jimmy Wilde, the Welsh-born boxer and former World Flyweight Champion, had decided to end his recent retirement and seek the then vacant World Flyweight Championship in a fight to be staged in America. While Genaro, the American Champion, seemed as the logical choice to fight Wilde, Villa's growing popularity soon convinced promoters that the Filipino would prove as the better draw.
In what were described in that era as "pre-battle statements," the 31-year-old Wilde said: ~"I appreciate the fact that in Villa, I am going to meet one of the toughest little men in boxing. I appreciate the fact that I am going to be put to a real test, and that is what I have prepared for." In comments that summed up his fighting style, Villa said: ~"I am in condition and once in condition, my worries are over. I do not intend to give Wilde a minute's rest while we are in the ring."
Villa did not disappoint the ever pleasing crowd. On June 18, 1923, at the Polo Grounds in New York, Villa was cheered on to victory over Wilde by over more than 20,000 of fans screaming "Viva Villa!" The win came by way of a knockout in the 7th round, caused by a crashing right to Wilde's jaw. Villa was described as relentless, pummeling Wilde with both hands and causing the Welshman to also drop in the fourth and fifth rounds. Wilde never fought again.
The new World Flyweight Champion successfully defended his title several times and never relinquished it until his death just two years later. Villa returned to a hero's welcome in Manila in September 1924, feted with a parade and a reception at Malacañan Palace. He also returned to his old haunts in Iloilo and his hometown in Negros Occidental. Before returning to the United States, he fought one more bout in Manila, against Clever Sencio, on May 2, 1925. Villa prevailed. None of the thousands of fans who saw that fight at Wallace Field knew that they had just witnessed Villa's final victory and the second to the last fight of his life.
Villa returned to the United States to prepare for his next match, a non-title fight against Jimmy McLarnin scheduled for July 4, 1925, at Ewing Field in Oakland. Days leading to the fight, Villa's face became swollen due to an ulcerated tooth. According to contemporary newspaper accounts, on the morning of the fight, Villa went to a dentist to have the tooth extracted. Despite the pain and swelling, Villa insisted on going ahead with fight with McLarnin. Villa ended up spending most of the fight using one hand to protect his afflicted face. Given these circumstances, Villa naturally lost, though he managed to stay the distance. It was Villa's last fight.
Two or three days after the McLarnin fight, Villa had three more teeth extracted after an infection was discovered. Against his dentist's prescription of bed rest, Villa spent the next few days carousing with friends. Villa's condition worsened thereafter and by July 13, 1925, he had to be rushed to the hospital. It was then discovered that the infection had spread to Villa's throat, resulting in Ludwig's angina. Villa was rushed into surgery, but he lapsed into a coma while on the table and died the following day, July 14, 1925, 17 days before he became 24 years old.
Villa's remains were returned to Manila and in August 1925, Villa was buried at Manila North Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Gliceria.
His younger half-brother, Little Pancho, was also a professional boxer who compiled a record of 44–13–17 with 1 No Contest.
Villa was inducted belatedly into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994, the second Filipino boxer so honored after Gabriel "Flash" Elorde, who was born 7 years after Villa's death. 33 years earlier, in October 1961, Villa was added by Ring Magazine to its own boxing hall of fame.
Pancho Villa was ranked the 59th best fighter by the Ring Magazine's writers in 2002 on their list of the 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years.
Professional boxing record
|89 Wins (22 knockouts, 67 decisions), 8 Losses (0 knockout, 8 decisions), 4 Draws, 2 No Decision - Notes|
|Loss||89-8-4-2||Jimmy McLarnin||PTS||10||1925-07-04||Oaks Ballpark, Emeryville, California|
|Win||89-7-4-2||Clever Sencio||UD||15||1925-05-02||Wallace Feild, Metro Manila||World Flyweight Title|
|Win||88-7-4-2||Francisco Pilapil||KO||8(15)||1925-03-09||Iloilo City, Iloilo|
|Win||87-7-4-2||Amos"kid"Carlin||PTS||15||1924-08-18||Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Win||86-7-4-2||Frankie Murray||NWS||8||1924-07-28||Bacharach Ball Park, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||85-7-4-2||Willie Woods||PTS||10||1924-07-21||Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Win||84-7-4-2||Henry Catena||KO||5(12)||1924-07-02||Playgrounds Stadium, West New York, New Jersey|
|Win||83-7-4-2||Bud Taylor||PTS||12||1924-06-10||Henderson's Bowl, Brooklyn, New York|
|Win||82-7-4-2||Frankie Ash||UD||15||1924-05-30||Henderson's Bowl Brooklyn, New York||World Flyweight Title|
|Draw||81-7-4-2||Eddie McKenna||PTS||10||1924-04-23||Milwaukee Auditorium, Public Hall Cleveland, Ohio|
|Win||81-7-3-2||Billy Bonillas||NWS||4||1924-03-22||10th Street Arena, Modesto California|
|Win||80-7-3-2||Georgie Lee||NWS||4||1924-03-21||L-st Arena Sacramento, California|
|Loss||79-7-3-2||Bud Taylor||NWS||12||1924-03-06||Auditorium Milwaukee, Wisconsin|
|Win||79-6-3-2||George Marks||UD||15||1924-02-08||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|Win||78-6-3-2||Mike Moran||UD||10||1924-01-21||Motor Square Garden Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Win||77-6-3-2||Tony Norman||PTS||10||1924-01-01||Motor Square Garden Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Win||76-6-3-2||Pasty Wallace||PTS||10||1923-12-10||Arena Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Win||75-6-3-2||Donnie Mack||KO||4(10)||1923-12-05||Coliseum Toronto, Ontario|
|Win||74-6-3-2||Joey Schwartz||NWS||10||1923-11-19||Detroit Michigan|
|Win||73-6-3-2||Jabez White||NWS||8||1923-10-22||Arena Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Win||72-6-3-2||Benny Schwartz||PTS||15||1923-10-12||5th Regiment Armory, Baltimore, Maryland||World Flyweight Title|
|Win||71-6-3-2||Tony Thomas||PTS||10||1923-09-24||Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Win||70-6-3-2||Bud Taylor||NWS||10||1923-09-08||Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||69-6-3-2||Jackie Feldman||KO||3(10)||1923-08-22||Velodrome, New York New York|
|Win||68-6-3-2||Kid Williams||NWS||8||1923-07-31||Shetzline Ballpark, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Win||67-6-3-2||Abe Friedman||PTS||10||1925-07-20||Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Win||66-6-3-2||Jimmy Wilde||KO||7(20)||1923-06-18||Polo Grounds, New York New York||Won World Flyweight Title|
|Loss||65-6-3-2||Bobby Wolgast||NWS||8||1923-05-24||Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Win||65-5-3-2||Battling Al Murray||NWS||10||1923-05-11||Dexter Park Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||64-5-3-2||Clarence Rosen||NWS||10||1923-04-23||Detroit, Michigan|
|Win||63-5-3-2||Willie Darcy||PTS||12||1923-03-24||State Armory, Waterbury, Connecticut|
|Win||62-5-3-2||Young Montreal||NWS||8||1923-03-19||Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Loss||61-5-3-2||Frankie Genaro||SD||15||1923-03-01||Madison Square Garden, New York||Lost American Flyweight Title|
|Win||61-4-3-2||Henry "Kid" Wolfe||KO||3(8)||1923-02-20||Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Win||60-4-3-2||Frankie Mason||KO||5(10)||1923-02-13||Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts||American Flyweight Title|
|Win||59-4-3-2||Battling Al Murray||NWS||8||1923-01-01||Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Win||58-4-3-2||Terry Martin||UD||15||1922-12-29||Madison Square Garden, New York||American Flyweight Title|
|Win||57-4-3-2||Young Montreal||UD||15||1922-11-27||Arena, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Win||56-4-3-2||Abe Goldstein||UD||15||1922-11-16||Madison Square Garden, New York||American Flyweight Title|
|Win||55-4-3-2||Pasty Wallace||NWS||8||1922-10-30||Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Win||54-4-3-2||Danny Edwards||PTS||10||1922-10-23||Arena, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Win||53-4-3-2||Johnny Buff||TKO||11(12), 0:27||1922-09-14||Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York||Won American Flyweight Title|
|Loss||52-4-3-2||Frankie Genaro||PTS||10||1922-08-22||Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York|
|Win||52-3-3-2||Sammy Cohen||PTS||8||1922-08-15||Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York|
|Win||51-3-3-2||Johnny Hepburn||PTS||6||1922-08-02||Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York|
|Win||50-3-3-2||Terry Miller||NWS||12||1922-07-27||Asbury Park, New Jersey|
|Win||49-3-3-2||Frankie Murray||PTS||8||1922-07-19||Margolies A.C., Averne, Queens, New York|
|Loss||48-3-3-2||Frankie Genaro||PTS||8||1922-07-06||Jersey City, New Jersey|
|Loss||48-2-3-2||Abe Goldstein||NWS||12||1922-06-07||Oakland A.A., Jersey City, New Jersey|
|Win||48-1-3-2||Pete Sarmiento||PTS||15||1922-04-01||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||47-1-3-2||Max Mason||PTS||15||1922-03-19||Iloilo City, Iloilo|
|Win||46-1-3-2||Georgie Lee||PTS||15||1922-02-12||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||45-1-3-2||Kid Abayan||PTS||8||1922-01-12||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||44-1-3-2||Battling Ongay||KO||1(?)||1921-12-29||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||43-1-3-2||Jimmy Taylor||PTS||8||1921-12-15||Ground Opera House, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||42-1-3-2||George Mendies||KO||3(10)||1921-12-08||Olympic Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||41-1-3-2||Kid Garcia||PTS||8||1921-11-17||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||40-1-3-2||Kid Aguila||PTS||8||1921-11-10||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||39-1-3-2||Kid Aguila||PTS||8||1921-10-19||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||38-1-3-2||Mike Ballerino||PTS||20||1921-08-23||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||37-1-3-2||Leoncio Bernabe||PTS||20||1921-09-21||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||36-1-3-2||Syd Keenan||PTS||8||1921-09-07||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||35-1-3-2||Cowboy Reyes||PTS||8||1921-09-03||Manila, Metro Manila||Orient bantamweight title|
|Win||34-1-3-2||Mike Ballerino||PTS||20||1921-08-23||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Loss||33-1-3-2||Eddie Moore||DQ||10||1921-08-09||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Draw||33-0-3-2||Mike Ballerino||PTS||15||1921-07-25||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||33-0-2-2||Young Modejar||PTS||6||1921-07-11||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Draw||32-0-2-2||Leoncio Bernabe||PTS||6||1921-06-20||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||32-0-1-2||Pete Alberto||PTS||6||1921-06-06||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||31-0-1-2||Knockout Lewis||KO||4(?)||1921-05-22||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||30-0-1-2||Stiff Irineo||KO||2(?)||1921-04-24||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||29-0-1-2||Kid Garcia||PTS||8||1921-04-10||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||28-0-1-2||Valentin Santos||KO||7(?)||1921-03-26||Olympic Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||27-0-1-2||Mike Ballerino||PTS||10||1921-03-05||Olympic Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||26-0-1-2||Terio Pandong||PTS||8||1921-02-21||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||25-0-1-2||Kid Moro||KO||3(?)||1921-02-07||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||24-0-1-2||Sailor Johnny Candelaria||KO||3(?)||1921-01-23||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Draw||23-0-1-2||Mike Ballerino||PTS||15||1921-01-10||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||23-0-0-2||Stiff Irineo||PTS||6||1920-07-10||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||22-0-0-2||Kid Cortez||PTS||6||1920-06-10||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||21-0-0-2||Sailor Johnny Candelaria||PTS||6||1920-05-10||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||20-0-0-2||Mike Ballerino||PTS||6||1920-04-10||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|NC||19-0-0-2||Mike Ballerino||ND||6||1920-03-25||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||19-0-0-1||Mike Ballerino||PTS||6||1920-03-10||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|NC||18-0-0-1||Mike Ballerino||ND||6||1920-02-25||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||18-0-0||Jose de la Cruz||PTS||6||1920-02-10||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||17-0-0||Pedro Capitan||KO||4||1920-01-01||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||16-0-0||Baguio Bearcat||PTS||4||1919-11-10||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||15-0-0||Baguio Bearcat||PTS||4||1919-10-10||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||14-0-0||Pedro Olongapo||PTS||4||1919-09-10||Olympic Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||13-0-0||Jose de la Cruz||PTS||4||1919-08-10||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||12-0-0||Kid Elino||PTS||4||1919-07-10||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||11-0-0||Young Duarte||PTS||4||1919-06-10||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||10-0-0||Young Eduards||PTS||4||1919-05-10||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||9-0-0||Jose Mendoza||KO||2(?)||1919-05-01||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||8-0-0||Pete Alberto||PTS||4||1919-04-10||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||7-0-0||Kid Moro||KO||2(?)||1919-04-01||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||6-0-0||Kid Cortez||KO||2(?)||1919-03-10||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||5-0-0||Jaime Desiderio||KO||2(?)||1919-03-01||Olympic Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||4-0-0||Terio Pandong||PTS||4||1919-02-10||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||3-0-0||Ceasareo Siguion||KO||2(?)||1919-02-01||Palomar Pavilion, Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||2-0-0||Kid Castro||PTS||5||1919-01-10||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
|Win||1-0-0||Alberto Castro||KO||3(?)||1919-01-01||Manila, Metro Manila||Precise date unknown at this time.|
- IBHOF / Pancho Villa at www.ibhof.com
- IBHOF / Pancho Villa at www.ibhof.com
- Filipinos in History, Volume II, National Historical Institute, pp. 169
- "ESPN.com: BOXING - AP Fighters of the Century list". Static.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
- Pancho Villa's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.
- Professional boxing record for Francisco Guilledo from BoxRec
- Francisco "Pancho Villa" Guilledo – IBHOF Biography
- Francisco Guilledo at Find a Grave
- The forgotten story of... the man who sought revenge for Jimmy Wilde Article covering the Pancho Villa-Frankie Ash fight.
|World Flyweight Champion
June 18, 1923 – July 4, 1925
Title next held byFidel LaBarba
|Youngest Dying World Champion
July 14, 1925 - August 12, 1982