1. His real name is Gabriel Elorde , he was born and raised in Bogo, Cebu, Philippines and the youngest of 15 children.
2. At a very young age, he came from a poor family and was forced to drop from school because of financial scarcity during his elementary days in the 3rd grade level.
3. For the record, he had a total of 115 boxing bouts, 89 wins and 33 by KO. He got defeated 27 times and has a total of 2 draws.
4. Boxing aficionados called him the “FLASH”, for he is known for his boxing speed and skills. Robert Lipsyte, a writer, describes his boxing style as “subtle little temple-dancer moves”.
5. He owned the World Junior Lightweight Division Title for a span of seven consecutive years and is considered to be one of the best Filipino boxers of all time together with the “Peoples Champ” Manny Pacquiao and the “Filipino Whirlwind” Pancho Villa.
6. At the age of 16, Lucio Laborte, a former professional boxer was the one who taught Elorde how to box and the one who inspired him in pursuing his dream to becoming a boxer.
7. Elorde , also won the World Super Featherweight title on March 1960, by dropping out the defending champion Harold Gomez in 7 rounds.
8. Elorde retired with a record of 88 wins (33 KOs), 27 losses and 2 draws. In WBC history, Elorde is considered as the greatest super featherweight champion of all time.
9. He became a prominent commercial endorser after his retirement. When he became an endorser of San Miguel Beer, two of his lines went viral wherein he famously said the the words “Isang platitong mani” (one plate of peanuts) and became the No.1 Filipino advertisement of all time. The other one when he said the popular line “Wag namang bara-bara, Bay.”
10. During his retirement, Elorde also became a chain smoker that caused him a lung cancer and led to his death.