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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,” INQUIRER.net 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.

 

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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, ESPN.com

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)

INTRO

ROUNDS 1

ROUND 2

 ROUNDS 3

ROUNDS 4

 ROUND 5

ROUND 6

ROUND 7

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

 

POST FIGHT

8 December 2008 at 1:20 pm Leave a 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

President Arroyo hails Pacquiao victory

 

ABBI CHENG, YouTube Review

President Gloria Arroyo lauded the victory of Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao over Mexican American Oscar “The Golden Boy” de la Hoya in a welterweight bout billed as “The Dream Match” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday (Sunday in the Philippines).

“The President and the Filipino people would like to extend our profound congratulations to Manny Pacquiao,” said Malacañang Deputy Spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo in a statement released shortly after the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world beat 10-time world champion De la Hoya.

”His boxing feat is testament to the spirit of the Filipino – our resiliency and strength to face the challenges that come our way,” Fajardo said.

”Pacquiao has proven once again: Magaling ang Pinoy at bayani ang Pinoy!” she said, adding: “Our congratulations, too, to Team Pacquiao. Their commitment to face the challenge of a tough fight has proven that teamwork is a big boost to a collective effort to win a fight.”

“We must as a nation work together as Team Philippines to face the challenges of the world economic downturn,” Fajardo said.

”Filipinos everywhere around the world cheered for Manny who emerged victorious and once again gave glory to our country,” she said.

Pacquiao was declared winner when De la Hoya refused to come out of his corner after he got a flurry of punches from the  reigning WBC Lightweight Champion at the end of the eight round.

7 December 2008 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

[UPDATE] Breaking News: Pacquiao beats De la Hoya

 

 

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Filipino boxing superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao crushed Oscar “The Golden Boy” de la Hoya in “The Dream Match” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday (Sunday in the Philippines).  

Mexican American De la Hoya, a 10-time world champion in six different weight classes,  refused to come out of his corner after he got a flurry of punches from Pacquiao during the eight round — a surrender pundits say signals the end of The Golden Boy’s stellar boxing career.

Pacquiao, touted as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world, battered De la Hoya around the ring for eight rounds, leaving his left eye swollen shut and prompting his team to take him to a hospital for precautionary tests afterwards.

7 December 2008 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

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

 

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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.

7 December 2008 at 2:50 am Leave a comment

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