Saturday, December 6, 2008

Upset! Pacquiao Continues Mexican Killing Spree

Pac-Man crushed the Golden Boy like no other fighter before

Shortly after crushing Mexican greats Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Marquez (barely), Manny Pacquiao was called "The Mexican Killer." It appeared that title would come to a violent end against boxing's cash cow, Oscar De La Hoya. So much for this writer using Riddick Bowe's assessment against Evander Holyfield.

De La Hoya started the fight dancing with Pacquiao instead of fighting like the bigger fighter. He did not pump the jab. He did not maul the smaller fighter. Instead, he used his face and body as his defense. His offense was thwarted by Pac-Man's speed, power and tenacity.

Pacquiao, on the other hand, fought with brilliant side to side movement. He always kept coming forward and never got too cocky. He made De La Hoya seem old and slow. He won the first round by darting in and out, dipping to his sides and always backing out with his hands high.

In the second round, Pacquiao implemented his dominance by outlanding De La Hoya 5 to 1. And when Pacquiao landed,he landed with confidence, placing welts over Oscar's left eye. It would continue with De La Hoya offering much less resistance compared to when he's in a business meeting, where Pacquiao made it crystal clear this is where De La Hoya should have been for the past 3 years.

The inglorious end came for De La Hoya at the end of the 8th round when both his trainer, Nacho Beristain, and referee, Tony Weeks, were contemplating on stopping the fight. After Beristain made the decision to stop the fight, Oscar, who never contested the stoppage, simply got off his stool and congratulated an elated Pacquiao. Gone was the teeth-gritting De La Hoya who dared victory to escape his grasp. He went out with a whimper, but to his credit, made no excuses.

Next up for Pacquiao is Ricky Hatton, unless Floyd Mayweather decides to add to his millions. And some where out there, Juan Manuel Marquez simply shakes his head in anguish.

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Could De La Hoya be eyeing his future Asian business partner?

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Unless Manny's defense is as good as his offense and Oscar is too drained, look for De La Hoya's power and natural strength to make the difference as the fight wears on. But you have to admire Manny's tenacity. Maybe Pac-Man catches lightning in a bottle.

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JuanMa a future star in the making.

Too bad the rest of the undercard is dismal. This is why boxing is hurting overall. Only a few big names, and none of the younger, national talent being showcased.


Friday, December 5, 2008

Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao: Good Big Man Beats Good Little Man?

Photo: Chris Farina
Can Pac-Man taint the Golden Boy?

Riddick Bowe explains the theory from practice at the 1:56 mark.

Unfortunately for Pacquiao, he does not have the defensive finesse Pernell Whitaker had when he fought De La Hoya.

However, Pac-Man possesses a potent punch. And if he's able to carry his power to the 147-lb limit ...

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