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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

[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

‘American Idol is dumbing down pop music’


KUKUL KHAN, YouTube Review

That’s how Conrado de Quiros, a known columnist in a leading English daily in the Philippines, puts it in his commentary on American Idol’s popularity in the former American colony.

I was able to watch the 7th season of the American Idol and I will disagree with some of his observations (italicized below):

“Idol is dumbing down the pop music.” 

I don’t think so. It actually celebrates great pop music from the Beatles to Queen to Whitney Houston, and yes to Dolly Parton, etc., and even the music of Andrew Lloyd Weber. What is interesting is that sometimes, some contestants’ brilliant interpretations are even better than the original. What attracts many Filipinos to watch American Idol is that the viewers are not treated as stupid unlike in most of the local TV shows (including Pinoy Idol) where mediocrity is the norm. In Am Idol, many contestants are really damn good that, as judge Randy puts it, they can sing anything, even the phone book and get away with it.    

“Idol is dictating passivity if not lethargy, and conformity if not uniformity.” 

On the contrary, Am Idol is very interactive and revolutionary—a people power at work. The viewers decide what is good and what is not, most of the time in direct rebuke of the judges’ and the industry’s preconceived notion of what a good artist and performance should be. (In fact, if only the impeachment process in the Philippines can be done American Idol way, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the rest of the corrupt government officials had been booted out of office a long time ago.) Watching American Idol is also a revolt against mediocre local TV shows.

“Idol has the potential to stunt local (Philippine) pop music.” 

The behavior of TV networks in this country is the greatest threat to Filipino music. The warring networks have been trying to redefine the music culture by unleashing their “talents” (if you can call them that) who can barely sing. For them, form not substance is more important. They are the ones who are stunting the development of real great musicians who happen not to be mestizos or mestizas.

When was the last time you see Joey Ayala, Gary Granada, Grace Nono, or Pinikpikan, to name some, on local television? The real talents are left in the margins—performing in the bars, in small provincial gigs, or in the fundraising activities for various causes.

Our local TV programs are reeking with racism, stereotyping, and prejudices. Take for example the case of Arnel Pineda, the ordinary looking Filipino rocker who is now the lead vocalist of popular American band Journey, he was discovered through YouTube and not through our local networks.

So don’t blame the Filipino viewers if they will rather watch American Idol than endure long-term psychological trauma being inflicted by the local programs. Idol is actually teaching us Filipinos a lot (and hopefully our TV networks will also learn) in reexamining our distorted values. In Idol, you can see all hues and cultures. It doesn’t matter if you’re horizontally or vertically-challenged and you don’t need a “Hollywood” face to qualify in, after all, this is a singing talent search competition.

Yes, “some idols are worth worshiping and others are not.”

We should in fact stop idolizing and rather just appreciate what is good in them. We need to support our real artists in defining and celebrating the different faces of Philippine music. We are a very diverse culture finding musical roots from traditions as well as from various outside influences throughout our history. And like in the past, those who are in the “margins” will always be the potent force in the reshaping of our music.

But it also doesn’t hurt to celebrate great foreign music and musicians. Our music has gone a long way in securing a niche in the heart of every music-loving Filipino. As foreign observers note, the Philippines has one of the most, if not the most, vibrant local music scenes in Asia. Foreign music, and yes even American Idol, won’t do harm to Philippine music but they can even enrich it. Ask any great Filipino artist of his/her musical influences and he/she will cite foreign acts as among them.

Great music and great musicians know no nationality and border. They are just that: great music and great musicians.

7 December 2008 at 3:00 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

MoymoyPalaboy: And who are these two crazy boys?


KARLOS RANSA, YouTube Review

The cyber populace is going gaga over a duo that has become known by the moniker “moymoypalaboy”. A search on Google shows their intercontinental appeal — creating waves in their home Asian region, and making ripple effects in Latin America, North America, Europe, and even in Africa.

MoymoyPalaboy is composed of Filipino siblings James Ronald Obeso, a.k.a. Moymoy, and Rodfil Obeso, a.k.a. Roadfill.

Their biggest hit, Spice Girls’ “Wannabe”, has 3,851,882 views as of this posting. And still counting.

Since they uploaded their debut “single” “Dirty Pop” of Nsynch on March 21, 2007, Moymoy and Roadfill have uploaded 21 videos on YouTube.

But a search of moymoypalaboy on the video sharing site shows 1,360 video results. They include versions made by their inspired fans from across the globe and re-uploaded videos by other enchanted YouTube users.

So they must have extraordinary voice?

Naah! All that all that they do actually is lip-synching.

Just lip-synching? What’s the big fuss?

Moymoy and Roadfill are no ordinary duo doing song parodies.

Oh well, they’re ordinary boys doing unordinary musical stunts, to be more accurate.

So who are these two certified “lunatics”?

Moymoy and Roadfill, like many YouTube afficionados, are just uploading videos on YouTube for fun. Their studio? Their house.

They live in an apartment unit along F.B. Harrison St. in Pasay City, in the capital region of Metro Manila. And that’s where all these madness began. 

“Funny”, “hilarious”, “crazy”, “brilliant” are the common reactions of viewers on their gigs. 

Their life story however may not always be as happy as their music videos.

After a long bout with breast cancer, their mother died in 2006. Moymoy and Roadfill are left in the care of their auntie they fondly call “Mama Auntie.” Her unauthorized appearances in almost all videos (mostly seen in the background while in the kitchen cooking and doing other chores) gave “Mama Auntie” her own legion of YouTube fans.

Interviewed later on TV, she said she didn’t even have a slight idea the camphone recordings of her two “crazy” nephews would be seen by millions of net citizens. Had she known it, she would have asked the two boys to expunge them. Tsk, tsk, too late “Mama Auntie.”

Moymoy and Roadfill are no vagabonds as their YouTube name suggests. Palaboy is a Tagalog term for vagrant.

Roadfill, 22, is a graduate of Business Management at the state-run Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP). He now works as sales representative of telecommunication giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.

Moymoy, a broadcasting major in PUP, quit school to work and help his ailing mother. He would later join Passionista, a local band performing in bars and nightclubs in Manila, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan. He turned 25 last July 17.

As they became YouTube sensations, the Obeso brothers joined the largest television network in the Philippines, GMA-7, where they appear in weekly sitcom “Bubble Gang” doing what they know best — music parodies. They also signed a contract with MTV Philippines, where they teach bizarre dance steps.

Not much could be heard about the two. Their official website and social networking sites (Facebook, Friendster, Multiply, Myspace) are tight-lipped as fans crave to know more about them.

Meanwhile on YouTube, people from across the globe viewing their uproarious videos are increasing exponentially. And they are begging for more.

30 November 2008 at 6:44 pm 1 comment

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