Juan Carlos Payano
Juan Carlos Payano

Juan Carlos Payano

RECORD

20 - 2 - 0

KOs

9

Weight 118 lbs (53.64 kg)

Age 34

Home Miami, Florida, USA 

Complete Stats

Cheetah-fast former 118-pound champion Juan Carlos “Baby Pacquiao” Payano aims up to live up to the legacy of the man he takes his nickname from. Read Bio

Last Fight

loss vs Naoya Inoue

Oct 07, 2018 / Arena, Yokohama, Japan

Juan Carlos Payano suffered his second setback as a pro when Naoya Inoue KO'd him in the first round of their WBA bantamweight title fight in Yokohama, Japan.

Latest News

Juan Carlos Payano News
Juan Carlos Payano and Alexis SantiagoPBC Boxing Video
Aug 22, 2017 / Payano vs Santiago, Juan Carlos Payano, Jamel Herring

Payano puts on impressive performance in one-sided victory over Santiago

Stepping into the ring against Juan Carlos Payano is the equivalent of taking an open-book math exam … while also holding the answer key … and yet somehow still flunking the test. On Tuesday night, Alexis Santiago became the latest student who failed to make the grade.

Juan Carlos Payano and Alexis Santiago
Aug 21, 2017 / Payano vs Santiago, Juan Carlos Payano, Jamel Herring

Former 118-pound champion Payano back in action against tough veteran Santiago

Juan Carlos Payano has already accomplished the one goal that’s atop every professional boxer’s to-do list: become a world champion. Now Payano is determined to check off box No. 2 on that list: do it again.

Rau'shee Warren and Juan Carlos PayanoPBC Boxing Video
Jun 18, 2016 / Payano vs Warren, Rau'shee Warren, Juan Carlos Payano

Warren edges Payano in rematch, wins 118-pound world title

Rau’shee Warren didn’t score the overwhelming victory he was seeking Saturday night in his 118-pound title rematch with Juan Carlos Payano, but the three-time U.S. Olympian did enough to earn his first world championship.

Fights

Juan Carlos Payano Fights

Win vs Juan Carlos Payano 16-0-0

Oct 07, 2018 Arena, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

Naoya InoueNN WINS against Juan Carlos PayanoJJ by KO in Round 1 of 12

Win vs Mike Plania 14-0-0

Mar 23, 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA

Juan Carlos PayanoJJ WINS against Mike PlaniaMM by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Alexis Santiago

Aug 22, 2017 Sam's Town Live, Las Vegas

Juan Carlos PayanoJJ WINS against Alexis SantiagoAA by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Isao Gonzalo Carranza 15-7-1

Jan 13, 2017 Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, Hialeah, Florida, USA

Juan Carlos PayanoJJ WINS against Isao Gonzalo CarranzaII by TKO in Round 7 of 8

Loss vs Rau'shee Warren

Jun 18, 2016 UIC Pavilion, Chicago

Juan Carlos PayanoJJ LOSES to Rau'shee WarrenRR by MD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Rau'shee Warren 13-0

Aug 02, 2015 Full Sail Live, Winter Park, Florida

Juan Carlos PayanoJJ WINS against Rau'shee WarrenRR by SD in Round 12 of 12

Loss vs Juan Carlos Payano 35-2-1

Sep 26, 2014 Mesquite Arena, Mesquite, Texas, USA

Anselmo MorenoAA LOSES to Juan Carlos PayanoJJ by TD in Round 6 of 12

Win vs German Meraz 46-29-1

Feb 22, 2014 Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

Juan Carlos PayanoJJ WINS against German MerazGG by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Jundy Maraon 15-0-1

Jun 14, 2013 South Mountain Arena, South Orange, New Jersey, USA

Juan Carlos PayanoJJ WINS against Jundy MaraonJJ by KO in Round 7 of 10

Win vs Jhon Alberto Molina 32-23-3

May 10, 2013 Coliseo Carlos 'Teo' Cruz, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Juan Carlos PayanoJJ WINS against Jhon Alberto MolinaJJ by TKO in Round 2 of 10

Win vs Jose Luis Araiza 29-6-1

Nov 30, 2012 BB&t Center, Sunrise, Florida, USA

Juan Carlos PayanoJJ WINS against Jose Luis AraizaJJ by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Jhon Alberto Molina 32-18-3

Jul 21, 2012 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA

Juan Carlos PayanoJJ WINS against Jhon Alberto MolinaJJ by TKO in Round 9 of 10

Win vs Luis Maldonado 36-8-1

May 18, 2012 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA

Juan Carlos PayanoJJ WINS against Luis MaldonadoLL by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Jose Silveria 13-6-0

Mar 02, 2012 Westin Diplomat Resort, Hollywood, Florida, USA

Juan Carlos PayanoJJ WINS against Jose SilveriaJJ by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Leshaun Blair 4-25-0

Dec 03, 2011 Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

Juan Carlos PayanoJJ WINS against Leshaun BlairLL by TKO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Dinoel Reynoso 0-4-0

Sep 05, 2011 Coliseo Carlos 'Teo' Cruz, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Juan Carlos PayanoJJ WINS against Dinoel ReynosoDD by TKO in Round 2 of 6

Win vs Luis Angel Paneto 5-9-2

Apr 23, 2011 Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo, Miami, Florida, USA

Juan Carlos PayanoJJ WINS against Luis Angel PanetoLL by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Cristobal Ramos 5-5-0

Mar 04, 2011 Casino Pharaohs, Managua, Nicaragua

Juan Carlos PayanoJJ WINS against Cristobal RamosCC by KO in Round 2 of 6

Win vs Norberto Jimenez 0-3-0

Oct 09, 2010 La Vega, Dominican Republic

Juan Carlos PayanoJJ WINS against Norberto JimenezNN by TKO in Round 2 of 6

Win vs Luis Hinojosa 1-6-0

Sep 18, 2010 Coliseo Carlos 'Teo' Cruz, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Juan Carlos PayanoJJ WINS against Luis HinojosaLL by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Daniel Veras 0-4-0

Aug 28, 2010 Parque Publico, Elias Pina, Dominican Republic

Juan Carlos PayanoJJ WINS against Daniel VerasDD by TKO in Round 3 of 4

Win vs Aneudy Mesa 0-7-1

Aug 21, 2010 Polideportivo Fabio Gonzalez, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Juan Carlos PayanoJJ WINS against Aneudy MesaAA by UD in Round 4 of 4

Stats

Juan Carlos Payano

  • WINS 20
  • LOSSES 2
  • DRAWS 0
  • KOs 9

Weight 118 lbs (53.64 kg)

Height 5'5" (1.65 m)

Reach 64½" (164 cm)

  • Born

    April 12, 1984
  • Age

    34
  • Country

    Dominican Republic
  • Born in

    La Vega
  • Trains in

    Miami, FL
  • Stance

    Southpaw
  • Rounds Boxed

    138
  • KO Percentage

    41%
  • Boxing Hero

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Bio

Juan Carlos Payano Bio

Juan Carlos “Baby Pacquiao” Payano was highly decorated as an amateur fighter in the Dominican Republic, competing in two Olympic Games and twice winning silver at the Pan American Games. Since turning pro in 2010, he quickly ascended the ranks at 118 pounds and won a world title in 2014.

Juan Carlos Payano
Juan Carlos Payano competed in two Olympics and twice won silver at the Pan American Games as an amateur fighter.

A man of many medals

Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Payano first distinguished himself as an amateur by winning a silver medal at the 2003 Pan American Games.

After competing in the 2004 Olympics, where he lost in the second round to France’s Jérôme Thomas, the southpaw later took home the gold at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games.

He then earned another silver at the 2007 Pan American Games before qualifying for a second Olympics in 2008, when he lost to Italy’s Vincent Picardi in the second round.

Juan Carlos Payano
Juan Carlos Payano upset Anselmo Moreno in September 2014 to win a world championship in his 16th professional fight.

Storming to a world championship

Never lacking in confidence, Payano has long compared himself to the best. “My style is similar to Manny Pacquiao—that’s why I’m ‘Baby Pacquiao,’” Payano told ESPN prior to his 2013 clash with Jundy Maraon. “But I feel like I’m more organized with my punches, have better technique and better fighting ability.”

Payano has worked hard to live up to that designation in the ring, blitzing his first 15 opponents to set up a September 2014 title fight with crafty Panamanian Anselmo Moreno, a champ at 118 pounds for six years who was making his 13th title defense against Payano.

Payano was cut over his right eye from an accidental clash of heads in Round 2, and the ringside doctor ruled he could not continue after Round 6. Payano was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards, winning a technical decision and a world championship.