Manny Santos (boxer)

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Manny Santos
Real name Manoel Santos
Weight(s) light/light welterweight
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Nationality Tongan/New Zealander
Born (1941-10-11)11 October 1941
Died 2 December 2013(2013-12-02) (aged 72)
Auckland, New Zealand
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 44
Wins 32 (KO 14)
Losses 9 (KO 1)
Draws 3

Manoel "Manny" Santos (11 October 1941 – 2 December 2013) was a Tongan-born New Zealand professional light/light welterweight boxer of the 1960s and 1970s.

Early life and family[edit]

Santos was born in Tonga on 11 October 1941.[1] His father, also called Manoel Santos, had a Portuguese father and a Tongan mother, and served with the Māori Battalion during World War II. Santos Snr and his family emigrated from Tonga to Auckland, New Zealand, in 1957.[2]

Boxing career[edit]

Santos won the New Zealand Boxing Association lightweight title, the Australasian Light welterweight title, and the British Commonwealth lightweight title. He was a challenger for the Australasian lightweight title against Hector Thompson. His professional fighting weight varied from 133 14 lb (60.4 kg; 9 st 7.3 lb), i.e. lightweight to 138 14 lb (62.7 kg; 9 st 12.3 lb), i.e. Light welterweight.[1]

Professional boxing record[edit]


Santos died in Auckland on 2 December 2013, and was buried at Manukau Memorial Gardens.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b "Manny Santos". 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Manoel Santos". Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Manoel (Jnr) Santos memoriam". New Zealand Herald. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Genealogy search: Santos, Manoel (Jnr)". Manukau City Council. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 

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