Juan Carlos Payano“Baby Pacquiao”
23 - 5 - 0
Weight 118 lbs (53.64 kg)
Home Miami, Florida, USA
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
Win vs Raymond Tabugon
Aug 14, 2021 / Dignity Health Sports Park , Carson, California, USA
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Raymond Tabugon by RTD in Round 5 of 8
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Juan Carlos Payano Fights
Win vs Raymond Tabugon 22-12-1
Aug 14, 2021 • Dignity Health Sports Park , Carson, California, USA
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Raymond Tabugon by RTD in Round 5 of 8
Win vs Luis de la Rosa 25-16-2
Jul 10, 2021 • Hotel Elsa, Santiago de Tolu, Colombia
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Luis de la Rosa by RTD in Round 5 of 10
Win vs Juan Carlos Payano 17-0-0
Dec 19, 2020 • Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
Gary Antonio Russell WINS against Juan Carlos Payano by TD in Round 7 of 10
LOSS vs Daniel Roman 29-4-1
Sep 26, 2020 • Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Daniel Roman WINS against Juan Carlos Payano by UD in Round 12 of 12
LOSS vs Luis Nery 34-1-0
Jul 20, 2019 • MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Luis Nery WINS against Juan Carlos Payano by KO in Round 9 of 12
Loss vs Juan Carlos Payano 14-0-0
Mar 09, 2019 • Dignity Health Sports Park , Carson, California, USA
Damien Vazquez LOSES to Juan Carlos Payano by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Juan Carlos Payano 16-0-0
Oct 07, 2018 • Arena, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Naoya Inoue WINS against Juan Carlos Payano 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 Payano WINS against Mike Plania by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Alexis Santiago 21-7-1
Aug 22, 2017 • Sam's Town Live, Las Vegas
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Alexis Santiago 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 Payano WINS against Isao Gonzalo Carranza by TKO in Round 7 of 8
Loss vs Rau'shee Warren 19-4-0
Jun 18, 2016 • UIC Pavilion, Chicago
Juan Carlos Payano LOSES to Rau'shee Warren by MD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Rau'shee Warren 19-4-0
Aug 02, 2015 • Full Sail Live, Winter Park, Florida
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Rau'shee Warren by SD in Round 12 of 12
Loss vs Juan Carlos Payano 35-2-1
Sep 26, 2014 • Mesquite Arena, Mesquite, Texas, USA
Anselmo Moreno LOSES to Juan Carlos Payano 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 Payano WINS against German Meraz 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 Payano WINS against Jundy Maraon 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 Payano WINS against Jhon Alberto Molina 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 Payano WINS against Jose Luis Araiza 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 Payano WINS against Jhon Alberto Molina 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 Payano WINS against Luis Maldonado 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 Payano WINS against Jose Silveria by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Leshaun Blair 4-25-0
Dec 03, 2011 • Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Leshaun Blair 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 Payano WINS against Dinoel Reynoso 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 Payano WINS against Luis Angel Paneto by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Cristobal Ramos 5-5-0
Mar 04, 2011 • Casino Pharaohs, Managua, Nicaragua
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Cristobal Ramos by KO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Norberto Jimenez 0-3-0
Oct 09, 2010 • La Vega, Dominican Republic
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Norberto Jimenez 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 Payano WINS against Luis Hinojosa 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 Payano WINS against Daniel Veras 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 Payano WINS against Aneudy Mesa by UD in Round 4 of 4
Juan Carlos Payano “Baby Pacquiao”
- WINS 23
- LOSSES 5
- DRAWS 0
- KOs 11
Weight 118 lbs (53.64 kg)
Height 5'5" (1.65 m)
Reach 64½" (164 cm)
BornApril 12, 1984
Born inLa Vega
Trains inMiami, FL
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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.
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.
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.
RE-LIVING A RIVALRY
On August 2, 2015, Payano took on undefeated, former Olympic rival Rau'shee Warren at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. Warren and Payano went toe-to-toe in an old-fashioned brawl that ended in a split decision for Payano, where the three judges could only find consensus in five of the 12 rounds.
Payano lost a point in third and was knocked down in the 12th, while Warren was flagged for an intentional foul in the ninth.
It was enough to affect the outcome of a narrow tilt that saw both fighters firing away with abandon. In the end, Payano did just enough. He came away with two 113-111 cards to a 115-109 tally for Warren on the third.
A rematch was in order and fight fans got their wish as the two met again on June 18, 2016, at UIC Pavilion in Chicago. It was another hard-fought affair but, this time, Warren dethroned Payano via majority decision.
A DANGEROUS CONTENDER
Payano rebounded with three straight wins. On January 13, 2017, he delivered a seventh-round TKO over Isao Gonzalo Carranza at Hialeah Park Racing & Casino in Hialeah, Florida. On August 22, 2017, Payano impressed again, winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Alexis Santiago at Sam's Town Hotel in Las Vegas. Payano would close out the year with a 10-round unanimous decision over Mike Plania at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
But on October 7, 2018, Payano suffered a TKO loss to WBA World Bantamweight Champion Naoya Inoue. Payano returned in March 2019 with an eight-round unanimous decision over Damien Vasquez. However, he would suffer another defeat on July 20, 2019, this time at the hands of undefeated former champion Luis Nery.
Payano looked far better on September 26, 2020, but came up short against Daniel Roman, suffering a 12-round unanimous decision on SHOWTIME PPV. Then on December 19, 2020, he lost a seven-round technical decision to Gary Antonio Russell when Payano suffered a bad cut due to an accidental clash of heads in the fifth and the fight went to the scorecards.
Payano has since rebounded by winning two straight. Both were fifth-round technical decisions as he defeated Luis de la Rosa in July 2021 and then Raymond Tabugonnin in August 2021.