Antillon stops Pacquiao in first round of lightweight bout

Updated: March 13, 2008, 11:16 PM ET
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- Undefeated Urbano Antillon stopped Bobby Pacquiao in the first round of a lightweight fight Thursday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Antillon, from Maywood, Calif., improved to 22-0 with his 15th knockout, stopping the Filipino left-hander with a left to the head and a right to the body.

Seconds before the knockout, Antillon landed a right to the head that staggered Pacquiao and sent him to the ropes, where he was pummeled until toppling.

Antillon has had five straight knockouts, all in the first three rounds.

Pacquiao dropped to 28-14-3 with his fourth straight loss. His brother, Manny, will face WBC super featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday night in the main event at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Antillon weighed in at 134 pounds, a half-pound more than Pacquiao.

Also, heavyweight Tye Fields of Las Vegas stopped Roderick Willis of Dallas at 1:37 of the first round. The 6-foot-9, 270-pound Fields improved to 41-1 with his 37th knockout. Willis, 6-5 and 254 pounds, is 14-3-1.

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