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Pacquiao arrives to a hero’s welcome in Manila


ABBI CHENG, YouTube Review 

Filipino boxing icon  Manny Pacquiao has arrived to a hero’s welcome in Manila. 

Cheers greeted him at the airport shortly after emerging from the plane which touched down around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday (Manila time). 

On seeing him at the presidential lounge of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport 2, his children hugged him. 

In a brief statement, the reigning WBC Lightweight Champion thanked all those who prayed for his victory against boxing superstar Oscar de la Hoya. 

From the airport, Pacquiao went straight to a Makati hotel for a brief rest before going to Quiapo Churh in Manila, where a thanksgiving mass attended by his legion of fans was said. 

Shortly after, Pacquiao paid a courtesy call on his avid fan, President Gloria Arroyo, in Malacanang. As in his past wins, a specially-designed cake was presented to him, this time a glove-shaped carrot cake bearing the words “World’s number one pound for pound boxer.”

“It was a mismatch the other way around,” quoted Arroyo as telling Pacquiao, referring to oddsmakers prediction the much bigger Dela Hoya would easily crush the Filipino ring idol.

“You are not an underdog,” the beaming Arroyo told Pacquiao, a four-time world champion in four different weight divisions.

De la Hoya refused to come out of his corner after he got a flurry of punches from Pacquiao during their eight-round “Dream Match” in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday —  a surrender pundits say signals the end of  “The Golden Boy’s” stellar boxing career.

Shortly after they stepped out of the ring, Pacquiao told De la Hoya: “You are still my idol.” De la Hoya replied, “No, you are now my idol.”

A big victory parade in key areas around Metro Manila is set Thursday.



10 December 2008 at 1:21 pm 3 comments

David crushed Goliath: Sports analysts provide views on Pacquiao’s win over De la Hoya


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Some sports analysts thought it was going to be a fight between David and Goliath. Lopsided, they opined, believing the smaller Manny Pacquio would yield to the punches of Oscar de la Hoya, an Olympic gold medallist and 10-time world champion. Here pundits share their views on the December 6 bout billed “The Dream Match”: 

De La Hoya-Pacquiao a mismatch? Yes, an unexpected one 

BY Thom Loverro, The Washington Times

What did I tell you? Wasn’t the Oscar De La HoyaManny Pacquiao fight Saturday night a mismatch?

Okay, so I got the mismatch crossed up a little bit. Turns out it was De La Hoya who was mismatched, not the smaller Pacquiao, who gave De La Hoya the worst beating of his career and most likely sent the Golden Boy into retirement. FULL COMMENTARY

Pacquiao packs on the weight and pounds out Oscar

By Dan Rafael,

All good things must come to an end, and now is that time for De La Hoya. Boxing’s Golden Boy has had a Hall of Fame career — 10 world titles in six divisions, and more important, he fought everyone of his time. He delivered entertainment to boxing fans fight after fight and was the economic force of the sport for more than a decade in becoming the all-time pay-per-view champion in terms of overall dollars and buys. There was nothing else in boxing like the electricity of a De La Hoya fight week in Las Vegas. Since the moment he collected his 1992 Olympic gold medal and held aloft both an American and Mexican flag with a tear in his eye as looked skyward in memory of the mother who told him to win the gold on her deathbed, he has been a focal point of the sport. Now the curtain has closed on the era after Pacquiao stunningly administered a beat down of epic proportions. FULL COMMENTARY

Even if Oscar De La Hoya retires, don’t count boxing out

By Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times

Some fear the expected loss of its meal-ticket superstar could cripple the sport. Don’t believe it.

Jim Lampley, who makes a considerable portion of his livelihood as the lead boxing broadcaster on HBO shows, expressed that concern late Saturday night.

“Am I going to read Monday that boxing is dead?” he asked.

Not in this space, Jim.

Boxing is its own wonderful traveling circus. Always will be. Only the names and faces of the clowns change. Its dysfunctional nature is its delight. FULL COMMENTARY

Pacquiao’s turn to save boxing 

By Recah Trinidad, Philippine Daily Inquirer

LAS VEGAS—No, he did not effectively slam the door of the Hall of Fame on his career with that tragic foldup.

But a full day after the busted loser was released from the hospital, not a few disappointed fans were wondering if it was indeed Oscar de la Hoya who fought Philippine pride Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand.

The Golden Boy hardly resembled his famous, fabulous self. FULL COMMENTARY  

9 December 2008 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

Pacquiao-De la Hoya ‘Dream Match’ videos

Manny Pacquiao vs Oscar de la Hoya in “The Dream Match” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 6, 2008.

Below are rounds 1-8 plus post fight videos.

(Note: Some videos earlier posted on YouTube have been taken out due to possible copyright impingement issues. Our team has been trying to give you the best videos available but they are being removed as fast as we could embed the links. Our apologies and we hope you’ll enjoy these videos taken by YouTube user icebergmillz23.  Thanks.YouTube Review Team)









ROUND 8 (first vid taken from TV and second vid taken live byYouTube user icebergmillz23)  



8 December 2008 at 1:20 pm Leave a comment

What YouTubers say about the ‘Dream Match’


KUKUL KHAN, YouTube Review

The following are what YouTube viewers say about the triumph of Manny Pacquiao over Oscar de la Hoya:



jcsar06 :  Manny Pacquiao, the champ of champs! No doubt about it.

Greetings from mexico!

cuppatea78 :  Manny is not human!!

johnphilippe007 :  Congratulations Manny!!! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!!! Viva Mexico!!

rhodreybelle :  Pacman is the man!!!! Proud to be PINOY!!!!

gsarid996 :  Another Mexican tasted the jack hammer hand of Manny.

angelfear7 :  Pacquiao is immortal!

OCDPROMOTIONS :  Thank you.Awesome!

xzinx:  This should shut the critic up. All the negative comments, they just ate their words.


cyrussar :   If manny can do it, why can’t I excel in my own field?! Thanks for inspiring me Manny.

tisoy92 :  What a great fighter DLH is..he knows when to stop and surrender his throne to someone deserving…”my heart really wants to fight but my body wont respond..” with all due respect to both fighters…

Ogiereb123 :  Pacman won. Oscar lost. Respect to both warriors and champions in the ring.


e2me2 :  Manny retires the Golden Boy.


mistah001 :  DLH is still the golden boy, he fought bravely. But Pacquiao is too much.

jRansMack :  Hmm .. accept defeat dude.


ambitioushustler :  Manny is the man, I’m black … Oscar was never that good to me, he was always over hyped…

dyubir :  Who’s next? No more Mexican fighters left?

LiamLeeDavao :  Please Bring Zorro. He’s the only one who can beat the PACMAN!

JOEtheHOTTIE :  Pacquiao has more people to kill: (in no particular order)

1. floyd mayweather jr.

2. ricky hatton

3. miguel cotto

4. antonio margarito

5. shane mosley


sirbors1985 :  Fuck Pacquiao! I lost my house……. dela hoya is such a loser…

pbcms13 :  He didn’t knock him out…he quit!

ambrosiobertodazo :  Remember what Mayweather said? Pacquiao is inferior to his level. The fool is hiding from Margarito and Cotto. Now he is hiding from Pacquiao as well. Chicken Floyd should come out and prove his point. Pacquiao brings in the money. I want to see chicken Floyd get beaten up like de la Hoya.

ghostrid3 :  Manny still sucks, he won against a washed up average fighter.


xanderguillard :  HEY GUYS. IM A FILIPINO WHO LIVED IN MEXICO FOR THREE MONTHS. MEXICANS AND FILIPINOS ARE GREAT PEOPLE. Let’s stop this negative talk, ok? ODHL and Pacman made peace after the fight like true gentlemen. Let’s do the same please.


Pacman said :  Oscar you are still my idol.

Oscar replied :  No, you are my idol now.

8 December 2008 at 1:43 am 1 comment

[UPDATE] World press reports Pacquiao’s triumph over De la Hoya



KUKUL KHAN, YouTube Review

Following are excerpts from news sites around the world on the victory of Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao over Oscar de la Hoya:

ASIA PACIFIC (Philippines)
Pacquiao TKOs De la Hoya

MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE 4) Filipino ring hero Manny Pacquiao continued to validate his status as the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter when he defied the odds in knocking out boxing icon Oscar “Golden Boy” De La Hoya in their welterweight Dream Match at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas Saturday night (Sunday in Manila).  FULL STORY

The Pacman packs a punch

FILIPINOS are swelling with joyous pride after local boxing hero Manny Pacquiao demolished Mexican-American opponent Oscar De La Hoya in Las Vagas. It was another stunning victory for the 29-year-old Pacquiao, further cementing his reputation as the world’s best  pound-for-pound boxer. FULL STORY

Pacquiao wins in eight round over De la Hoya

LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao dominated his bigger and more famous opponent from the opening bell Saturday night, giving Oscar De La Hoya such a beating he declined to come out of his corner after the eighth round. FULL STORY


Pacquiao punishes De la Hoya for technical knockout triumph 

LAS VEGAS: Manny Pacquiao punished Oscar de la Hoya for eight rounds on Saturday, his technical knockout triumph over the US superstar underscoring the Filipino icon’s status as best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. FULL STORY 


Pacquiao finishes De La Hoya

LAS VEGAS: Manny Pacquiao punished Oscar De La Hoya for eight rounds on Saturday, his technical knockout triumph over the US superstar underscoring the Filipino’s status as best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. FULL STORY 

BLOOMBERG (Australia)

Pacquiao Scores TKO Against De La Hoya in Welterweight Bout

PHILIPPINE boxer Manny Pacquiao used his quick left jab to pummel Oscar De La Hoya through eight rounds and score a technical knock-out in the welterweight bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. FULL STORY




Pacquiao defeats De la Hoya with eight round TKO 

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Manny Pacquiao defeated Oscar De La Hoya in a non-title fight on Saturday with an eighth-round TKO. De La Hoya, who had been dominated by the WBC lightweight champion throughout, did not come out of his corner after the end of the eighth round and referee Tony Weeks awarded the fight to the Filipino. FULL STORY

Manny Pacquiao leaves no doubt against Oscar de la Hoya

Reporting from Las Vegas — On a stunning Saturday night in Las Vegas, you could almost hear the 90 million people on those Pacific Islands thousands of miles to the West, screaming in delight. Their guy, Manny Pacquiao, the pride of the Philippines, had just beaten Oscar De La Hoya. FULL STORY


Manny Pacquiao beats Oscar de la Hoya in brutal welterweight showdown 

MANNY Pacquiao punished Oscar de la Hoya for eight rounds Saturday, his technical knockout triumph over the US superstar underscoring the Filipino icon’s status as best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. FULL STORY



EL UNIVERSAL (Venezuala)
Pacquiao da cátedra de boxeo a De La Hoya en el combate soñado

Las Vegas- Podría haber sido un sueño, pero fue toda una realidad la que protagonizó el campeón mundial filipino Manny Pacquiao al ganar por nocáut técnico en el octavo asalto al estadounidense Oscar De La Hoya, una de las grandes estrellas que ha tenido el deporte del boxeo en los últimos 16 años. FULL STORY 



Pacquiao masterclass stuns De la Hoya

MANNY Pacquiao confirmed his status as the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer last night with a stunning, lop-sided victory in Las Vegas over Oscar De La Hoya, one that – if sense prevails – will send boxing‘s “golden boy” into retirement and propel Ricky Hatton towards the most sustained and serious preparation of his career. The Manchester boxer is hoping to fight the Filipino in England next May, probably at Wembley. He had better be more than ready. FULL STORY


Manny can Pac a punch 

FIGHT fans who believe in reincarnation will assume Henry Armstrong has returned to earth in the shape of Manny Pacquiao. FULL STORY 

LE MONDE FR. (France)

Manny Pacquiao bien trop fort pour Oscar de la Hoya 

Le boxeur philippin Manny Pacquiao a surmonté son handicap de taille pour infliger à l’Américain Oscar de la Hoya un leçon conclue sur un KO technique à la 9e reprise, samedi à Las Vegas, lors d’un combat sans titre en jeu, en douze reprises catégorie welters. FULL STORY



Pacquiao pummels aging De La Hoya

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) — Manny Pacquiao dominated his bigger and more famous opponent from the opening bell Saturday night, giving Oscar De La Hoya such a beating he declined to come out of his corner after the eighth round. The fight was so lopsided and De La Hoya looked so inept that it could spell the end for boxing’s richest and most marketable star. FULL STORY

BBC Online
Pacquiao stops ‘empty’ De la Hoya

Manny Pacquiao dominated Oscar de la Hoya from the start to win Saturday’s welterweight super-fight in Las Vegas. The Filipino gave his bigger, more famous opponent such a beating that De la Hoya declined to come out of his corner after the eighth round. FULL STORY

Mismatch indeed: Pacquiao dominates De La Hoya

LAS VEGAS — The legions who criticized the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao fight as a mismatch were right. But it didn’t go the way they banked on it going. LAS VEGAS — The legions who criticized the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao fight as a mismatch were right. But it didn’t go the way they banked on it going. FULL STORY

7 December 2008 at 11:00 pm 1 comment

[UPDATE] ‘I’m not shocked. It’s almost expected’–De la Hoya


KARLOS RANSA, YouTube Review

“I’m not shocked… it’s almost expected,” Oscar de la Hoya declared shortly after he stepped out of the ring following his crushing defeat to Filipino folk hero Manny Pacquiao Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Manny Pacquiao is a great fighter,” said De la Hoya, who only for the second time in his 16-year professional boxing career was stopped in a fight. “He deserves all the accolades.”

Pacquiao, billed as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world, dominated his bigger opponent throughout the entire eight-round bout, badly beating De la Hoya that he refused to come out of his corner after the last round.

“He fights a tremendous fight,” De la Hoya told HBO Sports. “Manny Pacquiao boxed on his toes very well and he waited for me to make the mistakes.”

Some wonder if his reduced weight had something to do with the battering he got from the reigning WBC Lightweight Champion.

De la Hoya had to weigh less than his normal fighting weight so he could face Pacquiao in the welterweight bout billed The Dream Match.  In his seven-year boxing career, it was the first time he fought at 147 pounds. When he stepped onto the scales before the fight began, he was unofficially weighing a pound less than Pacquiao’s 148.5.

But the 35-year-old Mexican American would not attribute his defeat to the issue of weight.

“He’s just a good fighter and I have nothing bad to say abut him,” said De la Hoya, an Olympic gold medalist and a 10-time world champion in six weight classes. “Manny Pacquiao prepared for this like a true champion.”

Was De la Hoya shocked at his defeat, which pundits say could signal the end of his stellar boxing career?

“I’m not shocked. At this stage, when you face a great fighter like Manny then you know it’s almost expected,” he said.

De la Hoya still wouldn’t like to call it quits actually. “My heart still wants to fight, that’s for sure. But when your physical doesn’t respond, what can you do? So I have to be smart and make sure I think about my future.”

Would this loss send him into retirement?

“We’ll see what happens. Like I said, I love the sport. When it’s not your night and a true champion beats you, obviously there’s another day tomorrow.”

7 December 2008 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

Pacquiao-De la Hoya: What media say about the dream bout


YouTube Review

Here are some news and commentaries on The Dream Match, the much-anticipated battle between boxing celebrities Manny Pacquiao and Oscar de la Hoya:


The Wall Street Journal

Can Pacquiao Beat De La Hoya?

The annals of the sweet science are replete with smaller-vs.-bigger matchups — e.g., Stanley Ketchel vs. Jack Johnson, Billy Conn vs. Joe Louis, and Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Joey Maxim. On Saturday night at the Las Vegas MGM Grand, it will be David and Goliath redux, when Manny Pacquiao (47-3-2; 35 KOs) and Oscar De La Hoya (39-5; 30 KOs) meet at the 147-pound welterweight limit. 


Pray for Pacquiao victory, Arroyo asks Pinoys    

MANILA, PhilippinesOn the eve of Filipino boxing champ Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao’s “dream match” against Oscar de la Hoya, Malacañang asked Filipinos to pray for a Pacquiao victory on Sunday (Manila time).


Manila Standard Today

Pacman tells fans: Pray for me

Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said he was focused and ready for his weekend “dream match” with American Oscar de la Hoya… “I am focused on the fight. I am ready, I am excited,” he said, adding that he was counting on his legion of fans back home to pray for him.


BBC News

De la Hoya prepared for Pacquiao

Oscar de la Hoya said he had trained for “King Kong” ahead of Saturday’s super-fight with Manny Pacquiao. 


Philippine Daily Inquirer

Pacquiao: ‘Time to make history’

LAS VEGAS—With a smile on his face and a snarl in his voice, Manny Pacquiao shrugged off a weighty issue as he tries to overcome the biggest challenge in his career both for the glory of a nation and for his own share of boxing greatness.


Manila Times

Pacquiao dedicates fight to Filipino people 

LAS VEGAS: All is set for the big fight tonight (Saturday) between boxing superstars Manny Pacquiao and Oscar de la Hoya at the MGM Grand here.


Manila Bulletin

Pacman the great

TOMORROW, when Manny Pacquiao climbs up the ring at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas to meet with the towering boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya, what the world will see is the courage of the Filipino to pursue his dream, however dangerously. 

Military suspends offensives for Pacquiao-Dela Hoya fight

The military will stop its offensives on Sunday to allow soldiers watch the year’s biggest boxing match between their idol Manny Pacquiao and Oscar dela Hoya, Philippine Army spokesman, Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner Jr. said Saturday. 


Los Angeles Times

Oscar De La Hoya will be upstaged

Reporting from Las Vegas — Oscar De La Hoya is a movie star with wrinkles. He is ready for another close-up, but not before he spends some extended time in makeup. 

… Here are five reasons he won’t beat Manny Pacquiao.


Washington Post

De La Hoya: Loss Would Be ‘Total Disaster’

Oscar De La Hoya hasn’t won a significant fight since knocking outFernando Vargas six years ago. At 35, he needs a spectacular performance against an undersized Manny Pacquiao in a 147-pound fight tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas if he expects to keep fighting for the huge purses he has been so accustomed to getting every time he steps into the ring.

7 December 2008 at 2:50 am Leave a comment

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