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Saturday, 06 December 2008 04:22

R eal fans know that tonight’s bout between boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya and current best pound-for-pound boxer Manny Pacquiao is a mismatch. It pits a great big boxer against a great small fighter. Unless the fight is fixed or there is a lucky punch thrown by the smaller fighter, the big boxer wins 99.99% of the time. So, why watch it – even on Pay-TV? It may be the biggest farce in the history of boxing in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Look at these numbers in the Tale of the Tape: Mr. De la Hoya has the following advantages: four inches (height), five inches (reach) 10 to 12 pounds (weight, after the weigh-in, and three lbs. at the weigh-in) and experience (10 world titles against five).

 

Many boxing pundits say that the De la Hoya-Pacquiao bout is all about money. It may actually be the ultimate payback for Manny Pacquiao’s reneging on his signed contract with Mr. De la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) a few years ago. Mr. Pacquiao chose to renege on his contract with the GBP and sign with Top Rank as his promoter. There was a civil suit filed by the GBP against Mr. Pacquiao and Top Rank. The case was amicably settled, with the terms not made public. Could the De la Hoya-Pacquiao bout tonight be one of the paybacks for the GBP? Your educated guess is as good as this columnist’s. After all, Mr. Pacquiao is guaranteed a minimum of $11-million while Mr. De la Hoya gets at least $20-million plus their percentages of the Pay-TV revenues that can even double their purses (or triple that of Mr. De la Hoya’s). It is not a real boxing bout. It is a farce. It is all about money. And some Filipinos actually spell Manny as “Money,” as I wrote in this article, Defending Filipino Congressmen and Politicians Who See Manny Pacquiao’s Title Bouts in Vegas


Probably they will fight to a draw, so as to stage a return bout that will bring in more money than their respective promoters ever imagined . . . even in their wildest dreams. And Las Vegas needs more super fights to lift it out of its economic stupor.
 

Here are two other similar views about the bout tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas:

 

DidoSphere

by Dido of the Philippines

 

De La Hoya Vs. Pacquiao

 

A lthough I am rooting for Pacquiao, my boxing savvy tells me he is going to lose.  This is a classic good little man vs. good big man fight and the good little man always loses.  This has been proven over and over again throughout boxing history.  Clay vs. Paterson, Flash Elorde vs. Carlos Ortiz, and most recently De la Hoya vs. Hopkins.  When you consider that De la Hoya is a natural super welter weight and has in fact fought Bernard Hopkins who was a light heavyweight at various times in his career, it is hard to conceive that a natural junior lightweight like Pacquaio can beat him.

 

The weight and height advantage of De la Hoya will be hard for Pacquaio to overcome.  Pacquaio was fighting at 128 lbs. as super featherweight and only fought once at 135lbs as a lightweight against David Diaz.  Although De la Hoya is nearing the twilight of his boxing career,  with his record of 44 wins with 30 KOs,  he still has enough to knock out the Pacman towards the later rounds. 

 

Pacman has been exemplary in his domination of the junior lightweight division.  He accomplished this excellence with his superior foot movement, hand speed, knockout power and durability.  However, his stinging right hooks and left crosses will feel like fly swatters to a much bigger man like De la Hoya.  Pacman is not a technical boxer like De la Hoya.  His strategy is simple.  As soon as the bell rings he attacks like a tornado with a singular purpose of knocking out his opponent.  He has very little defense but has a good chin.  He brawls and takes a few to give a few.  This is also what makes him exciting.  On the other hand, De la Hoya is a technical boxer.  I am sure he will circle to his left positioning his left foot outside Pacquiao¢s right foot thereby making Pacquiao vulnerable to a jab left hook combo, then a right cross or a right uppercut.  In a fight between a boxer and a puncher/brawler I always pick the boxer although the puncher may get lucky with a Sunday punch.  Unless his opponent falls asleep, Pacman's brawling style will not work against De la Hoya, just as it did not work against Juan Marquez wherein Pacman eked out a split decision. 

 

PREDICTION:  De la Hoya by KO/TKO, 8th round.

 

O
ur columnist Jesse Jose has his take on the bout: QUOTE.

ON PACMAN VS. DE LA HOYA
: There’s a lot of buzz going in the Fil-Am community all over America about the Pacquiao/De La Hoya fight tonight in Las Vegas.  Some say that Pacquiao will win the fight.  Others say that Pacquiao will lose.  Here’s my take on it:

 

De la Hoya will make HOYA out of Pacquiao, that’s for sure.  Ain’t no way a little man, like “Pacman,” as he’s called by fans in the Philippines and by Filipinos world-wide, can defeat a much bigger man, like Hoya.  All the odds are against the Pacman: weight, height, experience and class.

 

I think this is merely an EGO and MINDLESS thing for Pacquiao to be fighting this fight.  His many easy wins in the past against pipitsugin fighters have gone into his head, and he begun to believe he’s now the INVINCIBLE Filipino version of Superman . . . UNQUOTE.

 

To read Mr. Jose’s column in its entirety, please click on this link: Change … Is It Change We Can Truly Believe In?



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