Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao: Fight of the Century

Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao are now gearing up the finihing touches for their highly anticipated matchup at December 6 (December 7, Manila time) at MGM Grand Las Vegas.

As far as I am concerned, regardless of my nationality, this is a very good match to bring back the glory days of boxing. Boxing have been overshadowed by many combat sports recently with the amazing success of mixed martial arts, most notably the UFC. More and more boxing matches are decided by merely points, most of the time in controversial fashion, with both men slugging it out as if they were amateurs. Power, speed and stamina lost it’s importance as the key stats of boxing, with the more handsome, salable and popular fighter being raised as the victor for money making purposes even in a questionable outcome.

Most of the boxing analysts and even experts thought that this fight card was just a dream, some even laughed about it as an April Fool’s Day joke. Oscar De La Hoya is a legendary title holder of six divisions and naturally bigger than Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao from birth was naturally thin, and even cheated his weight on the scales just to be allowed to fight in his early days. He was even underage when he started boxing. To sum up, Pacquiao is really up to the challenge whatever it takes and so far, continues to succeed in every obstacle he wishes to overcome.

De La Hoya is past his prime but his recent fights will show that he’s still fighting fit and ready to win more glorious battles such as the upcoming fight. He made the former WBC light middleweight champion Ricardo Mayorga a walking punching bag bringing him thrice on the canvas, once on the opening round and twice on the sixth which resulted to a halt and a record setting win from a new champion. The former pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. stole that crown from De La Hoya in 12 rounds, the fight were Freddie Roach called the shots on his corner which will perform a vital role on Pacquiao’s preparation come December 6. The Golden Boy subdued Steve Forbes at the scorecards in his most recent outing at 150 lbs, showing grace under pressure on much faster Forbes. I have seen this fight live (or probably a bit delayed) on TV and from that time, I knew that Oscar might face Manny someday knowing the barrage of punches with a good hand speed of smaller Forbes is controllable. Oscar did the right thing to earn a lot of money fighting Pacquiao and a rare attemtpt in putting his name above everyone else if ever he succeeds. However, he is facing the most lethal and a complete package this time around. Yes, Pacquiao is physically in trouble but there are lots more to dig up.

*****

My unpublished post on the Pacquiao-De La Hoya fight. 😆

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~ by Joshua Tadena on June 21, 2009.

One Response to “Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao: Fight of the Century”

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