Pacquiao Defeats De La Hoya by TKO in 8
In front of a sold-out crowd of 15,001 at the MGM Grand Arena , The 29-year-old Worl Boxing Champion (WBC) Lightweight Champion Manny Pacquiao, jump to weight classes to defeat the 35-year-old Oscar De La Hoya by technical knockout in the eight round...
“Like I said before, the speed will be the key of this fight,” said Pacquiao. “After the first round, I wasn’t confidant. I’m still careful [with De La Hoya]. I thought he was waiting for the big shot and counterpunch. After the second round, when the bell rang, I think I [hurt] him [but] I’m still not confidant. [I thought] maybe he’s looking for the one shot [knockout].”
Pacquiao is a great fighter,” said De La Hoya before he was sent to the hospital for precautionary measures. “He was the better man tonight. He deserves all the accolades and everything he’s accomplished…He’s just a great fighter. I have nothing else to say about it. He deserves everything.”
When asked about whether this would be his last match, De La Hoya said that he’s going to take some time to think it over.
“I have to be smart and think about my future plans,” he said. “We’ll see what happens. I love this sport.” (www.asianjournal.com)
Golden Boy turn into black and blue
LAS VEGAS — The end for Oscar De La Hoya Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila) came as he sat in the corner after the eighth round, his left eye swollen shut and his face bruised by punches Manny Pacquiao seemed able to land almost at will.
The decision to call it a night was easy. The decision to call it a career may be a lot tougher.
"My heart still wants to fight, that's for sure," De La Hoya said. "But when your physical doesn't respond, what can you do? I have to be smart and make sure I think about my future plans."
Pacquiao gave De La Hoya a lot to think about by beating and battering him around the ring for eight rounds Saturday night before De La Hoya declined to answer the bell for the ninth round. The domination was shocking enough, but the fact that it came at the hands of a fighter who just nine months earlier had been fighting at 129 pounds had to be even more troubling for De La Hoya and his legions of fans... (http://www.gmanews.tv/story/138008/Golden-Boy-turns-into-black-and-blue)
THE DREAM MATCH
AT MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA, LAS VEGAS
SATURDAY, 6 P.M., HBO PPV
Welterweight --- Oscar De La Hoya (39-5, 30 KOs) of East L.A. vs. Manny Pacquiao (47-3-2, 35 KOs) of General Santos City, Philippines
NABO super-lightweight championship --- Victor Ortiz (22-1-1, 17 KOs) of Oxnard vs. Jeffrey Resto (22-2, 13 KOs) of Bronx, N.Y.
WBO super-bantamweight championship --- Juan Manuel Lopez (23-0, 21 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico, vs. Sergio Manuel Medina (33-1, 18 KOs) of Salta, Argentina
Welterweight --- Danny Garcia (9-0, 7 KOs) of Philadelphia, Pa., vs. Francisco Rios Gil (13-8, 9 KOs) of Phoenix, Ariz.
Super-middleweight --- Daniel Jacobs (12-0, 11 KOs) of Brooklyn, N.Y., vs. Victor Lares (14-3, 3 KOs) of Corpus Christi, Tex.
Flyweight --- Richie Mepranum (14-2-1, 3 KOs) of Maasim, Philippines, vs. Cesar Lopez (20-6, 4 KOs) of El Paso, Tex.
Super-bantamweight --- Robert Marroquin (4-0, 3 KOs) of Dallas, Tex., vs. Isaac Hidalago (2-2) Tucson, Ariz.
Lightweight --- Adrien Broner (4-0, 3 KOs) of Cincinnati, Ohio, vs. TBA