Juan Carlos Payano
Juan Carlos Payano

Juan Carlos Payano

“Baby Pacquiao”

RECORD

21 - 4 - 0

KOs

9

Weight 118 lbs (53.64 kg)

Age 36

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 Daniel Roman

Sep 26, 2020 / Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut

Juan Carlos Payano suffered a points loss to Daniel Roman in a back and forth battle of former World Champions on SHOWTIME PPV.

Latest News

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Sep 27, 2020 / Charlo vs Rosario, Nery vs Alameda, Roman vs Payano, Charlo vs Derevyanchenko, Figueroa vs Vazquez, Casimero vs Micah, Jermall Charlo, Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Brandon Figueroa, Jermell Charlo, Jeison Rosario, Luis Nery, Daniel Roman, Juan Carlos Payano

The Charlo Twins Notch Big Wins on an Epic Night of Boxing

Facing career-defining bouts, the brothers shined on the biggest of stages, turning in the finest performances of their respective careers Saturday night on SHOWTIME PPV.

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Jul 21, 2019 / Pacquiao vs Thurman, Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman, Yordenis Ugas, Omar Figueroa Jr., Sergey Lipinets, Luis Nery, Juan Carlos Payano

Pacquiao Decisions Thurman in a Thriller

Boxing's only eight-division champion is back on top, claiming the WBA Super World Welterweight title in a furious Fight of the Year candidate on PBC on FOX Sports PPV.

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Jul 19, 2019 / Plant vs Lee, Pacquiao vs Thurman, Caleb Plant, Omar Figueroa Jr., Yordenis Ugas, Sergey Lipinets, John Molina Jr, Luis Nery, Juan Carlos Payano

Your Guide to Plant-Lee and the Pacquiao-Thurman Undercard

Everything you need to know about Saturday night, from undefeated Super Middleweight Champion Caleb Plant against Mike Lee on FOX, to the Pacquiao-Thurman undercard, live on FOX Sports PPV.

Fights

Juan Carlos Payano Fights

LOSS vs Daniel Roman 27-3-1

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 31-0-0

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 17-3-0

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 17-3-0

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

Stats

Juan Carlos Payano “Baby Pacquiao”

  • WINS 21
  • LOSSES 4
  • 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

    36
  • Country

    Dominican Republic
  • Born in

    La Vega
  • Trains in

    Miami, FL
  • Stance

    Southpaw
  • Rounds Boxed

    167
  • KO Percentage

    36%
  • 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.

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.