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[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.”

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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. 


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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