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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. 


GMA News.tv

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

DREAM MATCH
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. 

 

abs-cbnNEWS.com 

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.

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7 December 2008 at 2:50 am Leave a comment

Guns fall silent, crimes down as Pacquiao faces De la Hoya

 

Karlos Ransa, YouTube Review

The Philippine military expects an “absolute ceasefire” with rebel groups as police predict crime rate to drop to zero. Political bickering will come to a halt across the archipelagic Southeast Asian nation of 90 million.

This as Filipino folk hero Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao steps into the ring Saturday (Sunday in the Philippines) for the much-awaited face-off with boxing superstar Oscar “The Golden Boy” de la Hoya in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Politicians in major cities across the country are scrambling to setup venues for free live viewing as pedicab, tricycle and jeepney drivers are expected — as in his past fights — to stop plying their routes to watch “The Dream Match.”

And the national headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines will open its gates to civilians as early as 9 a.m. Sunday as it airs for free the biggest fight thus far of Pacquiao, an Army reservist.

President Gloria Arroyo, an avid fan of Pacquiao, has once lauded the 29-year-old native of the southern General Santos City as “icon of the masses” who unites the country in “times of divisiveness.”

And the 29-year-old Pacquiao, touted as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world, is grateful for this.

“I feel their strength behind me,” said Pacquiao, the reigning World Boxing Council lightweight champion ahead of the smash hit battle in the world’s gambling capital of Las Vegas. “Whenever I fight, I fight for my country.”

Dubbed as the “Mexican Assassin,” Pacquiao has won four world titles. The southpaw is known for his speed and non-stop punches that could make an aging fighter look bad.

Says YouTube Review reader Mario: “I want Oscar to win… ‘Pacman’ has been a thorn for so many Mexican fighters. It’s just not funny anymore. “

But Pacquiao is determined to win the non-title match where he stands to make at least $15 million.

“It’s going to be boxing history if I win this fight,” he said. “I believe my power and my speed can beat him.”

And as Pacquiao readies for the scuffle, his mother back home is praying “doubly hard.”

“I am very nervous,” said Dionisia Pacquiao, who during his son’s previous fights stayed away from TV to say the novena.

But her son is ready for the brawl.

“I am prepared. This will be a good fight,” Pacquiao said. “I am focused on the fight. I am ready, I am excited.”

5 December 2008 at 3:27 pm 1 comment

Pacquiao vs De la Hoya: And the brawl begins… on YouTube

 

Karlos Ransa, YouTube Review 

Days before the most-awaited December 6 The Dream Match between celebrity boxers Manny Pacquaio and Oscar de la Hoya in Las Vegas, the fierce battle has already begun… inside the YouTube ring. 

“Two protagonists with a sword and a dagger. Who will win?” asks mharxx.

ROUND 1

lukep2008: “I hope/think Oscar will win.. Pacman is a great exciting fighter. But I think he is over rated..  No one ever mentions his three losses and two draws? (biggest secret since the Da Vinci Code).

fliptopran  disagrees: “De la Hoya is very weak when he steps into the ring!! The better thing that De la Hoya could do is go back to his locker room and pray Ave Maria! ‘Cause Manny throws a lot of punches to the body and head! Go Pacman!

And uclanak40 won’t simply backdown. “Oscar will definitely win because he is stronger and has great technique. Manny does not do so well against technical fighters (e.g. Juan Manuel Marquez who I believe beat Manny twice…close fights…still I give the edge to Juan). Eric Morales defeated him handedly in the first fight because he used his height and better refined skills. Yes, Manny went on to beat a worn down Morales twice but he still had the same openings a stronger and bigger fighter can capitalize on. The left hook will do.”

Don’t be too overconfident, Dapogsy2007 cautions. “Manny will surprise a lot of people. He will win coz he’s got the one thing Oscar does not have. FAITH.” 

“Manny Pacquiao has beaten all his Mexican opponents. Oscar De la Hoya wants to be the Mexican hero by beating the small Manny Pacquiao. A mismatch if I will think of it. Anyway, Manny has already won this fight! He just have to step into the ring and throw some punches. A big shame for Oscar De le Hoya if he will lose to this small guy!” says ayemdlaw.

ROUND 2

There are online fighters crossing racial lines. 

“I’m a Filipino but I went for De la Hoya.. I like Pacman but I think De la Hoya is gonna win this one.. He has more experience than Pacman.. bigger, stronger, much powerful. I bet $100 for De la hoya. I’m pretty confident I’ll win,” t3r0nr4yz3r admits, probably to the dismay of his or her compatriots. 

ROUND 3

Some crow abouth their inflated machismo, as others unlease racial uppercuts. 

“Manny Paquiao is the sex symbol of the millennium and he was slated to be the next JAMES BOND. Manny refused the offer because of his devotion to the Filipino people and boxing… because of Manny we Filipinos are now renowned PLAYBOYS desired by all the women of the world, specially WHITE WOMEN,” SuaveBola brags.

Annoyed, shadyreal blurts out: “You sick fucking flip. Have you no respect for you own race? So flips are now playboys and desired by women all over the world? Open your chinky eyes you cock face. You guys are still ugly as fuck and need to fix your 4th world island….hahahahahahahahaha. Manny Pacquiao is just an accidental stunt…hahahahaha.” 

ROUND 4

Others are simply, well, bizarre.

“Oscar is GAY! He’ll just clinch and will fuck Manny upfront,” says damon6254.

And sprucegoose22 enthusiastically utters: “I can’t wait for this fight!!! Go Pacman go. Beat another Mexican ass!!!!”

FINAL ROUND

Tired of the endless bickering, froilan321 shierks: Idiot comments. Just watch who’ll win.” 

4 December 2008 at 1:24 pm 1 comment

Basic facts: Pacquiao vs De la Hoya in ‘The Dream Match’

 

YouTube Review 

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao vs. Oscar De La Hoya — The Dream Match. 

On Saturday, December 6, 2008, the wait will finally be over for the biggest boxing match in years. Venue: MGM in Grand Hotel Garden Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Below are the basic facts about the two boxing superstars: 

 

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao

Nationality: Filipino

Age: 29

Height: 5’ 6.5”

Total fights: 52

Wins: 47

Wins by knockout: 35

Losses: 3 

 

Oscar “Golden Boy” de la Hoya

Nationality: Mexican American

Age: 35

Height: 5’ 10.5”

Total fights: 44

Wins: 39

Wins by knockout: 30

Losses: 5

30 November 2008 at 10:23 pm 3 comments


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