Manny Pacquiao Defeats Oscar De La Hoya With 8th Round TKO
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao soundly defeated Oscar De La Hoya in eight rounds in one of the most highly anticipated fights of the year.
In the time that it takes to cook bicol express, the Pinoy pugilist won the match after De La Hoya refused to come out to start the 9th round.
The Pacquiao vs De La Hoya fight, which took place at the MGM Grand, opened to chants of "Manny!" coming from a large contingent of Pacquiao fans. Pacquiao set the tone early, using his speed to hit De La Hoya with several major blows. In the first and second round, De La Hoya tried to back Pacquiao into the ropes, but Pac-Man managed to largely keep the fight in the center of the ring where he could use his mobility. Pacquiao continued to land with his left hand as De La Hoya looked increasingly tired.
By the 5th round, De La Hoya appeared to be hanging on. By the end of the 8th, De La Hoya threw in the towel, giving Pacquiao the victory.
Pacquiao had a comfortable lead on all three scorecards prior to De La Hoya quitting. It was easy to see why. De La Hoya landed 83 of 402 thown punches. Pacquiao landed 224 of 585, nearly three times as many punches as The Golden Boy. As for power punches, Pacquiao landed 195 while De La Hoya connected on just 51.
With the victory, Pacquiao finishes the year as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Pac-Man fought and won in three different weight classes this year alone, one of the most impressive winning streaks in boxing history.
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