Sunday, December 07, 2008

Pacquiao Era

Yahoo: Manny Pacquiao unequivocally established himself as the finest fighter in the world Saturday. But he accomplished an even more stunning feat when he not only defeated Oscar De La Hoya but battered him into retirement with a shockingly one-sided victory in their welterweight bout before 15,001 at the MGM Grand Garden. De La Hoya, the 1992 Olympic gold-medal winner and a professional world champion in six weight classes, was hammered as he never was in 44 previous bouts before trainer Nacho Beristain mercifully asked referee Tony Weeks to halt the carnage after eight one-sided rounds.

New York Times (alright, its AP): Manny Pacquiao fought a lot bigger than he looked.
Oscar De La Hoya simply looked old. Pacquiao dominated his bigger and more famous opponent from the opening bell Saturday night, giving De La Hoya a beating before De La Hoya declined to come out of his corner after the eighth round.The fight was so lopsided that it could mean the end for De La Hoya, boxing’s richest and most marketable star. De La Hoya absorbed such a beating that he was taken to a hospital afterwards for what was described as a precautionary examination.

L.A. Times analyzed how their native Angeleno lost to King Kong: "I have a new best friend," Oscar told me one month ago. "Ice."
They also imagined how it was in the Philippines: On a stunning Saturday night in Las Vegas, you could almost hear the 90 million people on those Pacific Islands thousands of miles to the West, screaming in delight. Their guy, Manny Pacquiao, the pride of the Philippines, had just beaten Oscar De La Hoya.
Then of course the headliner: The hype came to an end just after 8 p.m. Saturday when a smiling Manny Pacquiao, the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, entered the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to a thunderous ovation. Pacquiao, dressed in a robe in the red, white and blue of the Philippine flag, went directly to his corner, where he kneeled for several seconds in prayer. He was followed into the ring by Oscar De La Hoya, the only man to win world titles in six weight classes. Grim-faced and serious, wearing a red robe and trailing a banner that had the American flag on one side and the Mexican flag on the other, De La Hoya entered to an ovation of his own, skipping halfway around the ring before finding his corner.
My friend Percy Della was right. The LA Times finally noticed Pacquiao and they have to make three glances, nay, hard looks at the man.


Blogger The Nashman said...

i hope pacquiao fights active boxers next and not retirees.

although it's a good business plan. stoke the egos of the has-beens, make them come out of retirement for the easy fight...

baka sina foreman and tyson, maki-join na rin...i would for $55M win or lose...

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