Manny Pacquiao dominates Oscar De La Hoya from start to finish

December 7, 2008

LAS VEGAS (ChattahBox) -– Manny Pacquiao fought a lot bigger than he looked and the 2-1 underdog dominated his bigger and more famous opponent from the opening bell Saturday night. Oscar De La Hoya simply simply looked old and inept, his reflexes seemingly gone and that it could spell the end for boxing’s richest and most marketable star.

Pacquiao  giving De La Hoya a beating and closing his left eye before De La Hoya declined to come out of his corner after the eighth round. Two of the three ringside judges scored all eight rounds for Pacquiao, while a third gave De La Hoya only the first round. The Associated Press scored every round for the winner.

The fight was lopsided from the beginning, with Pacquiao landing punch after punch while De La Hoya chased after him, trying to catch him with a big punch. Pacquiao was winning big even before the seventh round, when he was pounding De La Hoya against the ropes in his corner and catching him with huge shots that knocked him across the ring.

It was only the second time in De La Hoya’s 16-year pro career that he was stopped in a fight, and it was made even more shocking because it came at the hands of a fighter who fought at just 129 pounds months earlier. Pacquiao came up two weight classes to fight for his biggest purse ever, while De La Hoya dropped down to meet him at 147 pounds. Though De La Hoya towered over Pacquiao and had a big reach advantage over him, Pacquiao had no trouble getting inside what few jabs De La Hoya threw to land his shots. At the age of 35 he seemed not only well beyond his prime, but unable to offer any answer to the punches that Pacquiao was landing almost at will.

De La Hoya’s left eye was closed shut as he sat on his stool after the eighth round and the ring doctor, referee and his cornermen discussed his condition. De La Hoya offered no complaints when his corner decided he had enough, getting up from his stool and walking to the center of the ring to congratulate the victor.

“You’re still my idol,” Pacquiao told him.

“No, you’re my idol,” De La Hoya said.

What do you think, does this make Manny Pacquiao pound-for-pound the finest fighter in the world right now?


One Response to “Manny Pacquiao dominates Oscar De La Hoya from start to finish”

  1. Pacquiaoan on December 7th, 2008 9:34 pm

    Mabuhay ang mga pinoy. Mabuhay si Manny

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