The latest boxing super fight featured Oscar De La Hoya in yet another chance to pad his legacy. De La Hoya’s glory days are a bit behind him, but he can still attract major attention and hype for a fight. This time, De La Hoya set out to prove his greatness against Manny Pacquiao, in a highly anticipated welterweight showdown. Instead, all De La Hoya proved is that his best days are really behind him, as Pacquiao delivered one of the most punishing defeats of De La Hoya’s career- if not the last one.
Manny Pacquiao came in as the underdog to De La Hoya, due to the Golden Boy’s experience and Pacquiao’s shortness. But in just eight rounds, Pacquiao battered and bruised De La Hoya to such an extent that he could not come out in the ninth, ultimately scoring an eight round TKO. De La Hoya left the fight with a swollen left eye.
Pacquiao was supposed to be at a huge disadvantage, having never fought at the 135 pound level and having fought at 129 pounds just several months ago. But De La Hoya was never really in the bout.
Pacquiao dominated on every scorecard and every stat, as De La Hoya only won the first round on one judges’ scorecard, but lost everything else on the cards. Pacquiao also had twice as many power punches, and he connected on almost four times as many of them as De La Hoya.
With the win, Pacquiao improved to 48-3-2 with 36 KO’s, and is now a more widely recognized star than ever before. De La Hoya, on the other hand, was knocked down for only the second time in his career. A career that many think is now over, or at least does not have the power that it once did.
De La Hoya has been one of the most marketable and wealthy fighters in boxing history over the years. But if De La Hoya continues his career, it will be harder to justify more huge paydays after putting up almost no fight against Pacquiao, a fighter he was heavily favored over.
The lopsided win only proved the point of Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, who had said prior to the fight that De La Hoya “couldn’t pull the trigger anymore.” At the end of his worst defeat ever, De La Hoya was reported to have told Roach that he was right.
Pacquiao has already won championships in four weight classes, and may be aiming towards a fight with junior welterweight champion Ricky Hatton, as well as a future boat with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
LA Daily News- “Pacquiao batters De La Hoya for TKO” www.dailynews.com/sports/ci_11159320
Post Chronicle- “Fight Results: De La Hoya vs Pacquiao (Video Full) Produces 8’th Round TKO” www.postchronicle.com/news/original/article_212191348.shtml
INQUIRER.net- “Hatton, Mayweather next for Pacquiao?” sports.inquirer.net/breakingnews/breakingnews/view/20081207-176643/Hatton-Mayweather-next-for-Pacquiao