Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao updated live blog

December 6, 2008 by  

(To be updated frequently throughout the night.)

I must admit that I like Oscar De La Hoya. His career has been an endless battle against tough opponents. From a fearsome junior lightweight to a busy junior middleweight, De La Hoya has ducked no one. But I was still perplexed why he’s fighting Manny Pacquiao.

Ok, maybe not perplexed. He’s doing it for the money. After seeing Floyd Mayweather Jr. lay waste to Ricky Hatton – and then retired – De La Hoya was a farewell tour missing someone to say farewell to. Enter Pacquiao, an up-and-coming pay-per-view star.

While I think the world of Pacquiao and think he’s a rare talent, it’s hard to imagine De La Hoya being unable to use his considerable size advantage. For Oscar, who knows if this fight is winnable one way or another, for Pacquiao, a loss is of no concern whatsoever.

But I can’t help myself, I suppose. De La Hoya is getting gray, and Pacquiao will come to fight. So anything could happen. Maybe even a good fight.

Undercard Action

Daniel Jacobs TKO2 Victor Lares: Jacobs (13-0) stays undefeated in dominating Lares, who offers very little. Jacobs may have some skills, but it’s hard to gauge after this mismatch.

Juan Manuel Lopez KO1 Sergio Manuel Medina: Medina (24-0, 22 KOs) maintained his WBO super bantamweight title by destroying Medina (33-2, 18 KOs) in a 12-round title bout. That’s three straight first-round KOs for Lopez, and make no mistake, he’s got serious skills. But Medina froze and offered nothing.

Random Aside: I used to train with Shane Mosley at the La Verne Athletic Center in Southern California in the mid-80s. He was a good kid then and has been a great representative of the sport, despite recent allegations of doping. I always root for him and hope the best for him. He’s a good guy.

That said, Antonio Margarito will knock Sugar Shane into retirement next month.

Victor Ortiz KO2 Jeffrey Resto: Ortiz stayed unbeaten (23-0-1, 18 KOs) by knocking Resto down three times in less than two rounds. A nice win but Resto offered nothing. I like Ortiz. I think he comes to fight. I think he has some talent. But will he become an elite fighter? Nope.

Undercard observation: The undercard fights were just crap. Insultingly bad matchups.

Final Thought on De La Hoya-Pacquiao: I remember when Sugar Ray Leonard dropped back down to 154 to fight Terry Norris, and with the weight, Leonard lost what was left of his ability and Norris humiliated him. That is about the only way I see Pac-man winning this fight, especially knowing that De La Hoya weighed in at 145. I wouldn’t mind being surprised, but unless De La Hoya shows some more signs of aging, Pacquiao has no shot. Look for Oscar to take him out within 6 rounds.

Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao Round-by-Round

Pre-fight Note 1: What’s the deal with singing the Mexican National anthem? It’s like, 45 minutes long and neither of the fighters is Mexican. Way to pander, Oscar.

Pre-fight note 2: Let me tell you something about Keyshia Cole – she knows bling.

Pre-fight note 3:
I can’t wait to see them side by side. I just can’t shake the feeling that it’s going to look like Serena Williams going up against an Olsen twin.

Pre-fight note 4:
One positive for Pacquiao – he’s been in big fights before. He comes into the ring looking calm and confident.

Pre-fight note 5: De La Hoya is much, much bigger than Pacquiao. With the way he’s sweating coming in, look for Oscar to come out strong.

Round 1: Pacquiao is small but strong and he know his speed is the key. He moves well, but De La hoya finishes with some power shots. De La Hoya.

Round 2: Pacquiao puts on a clinic and shuts down DLH the entire round. It’s as though De La Hoya didn’t expect him to be this fast. Pacquiao.

Round 3: De La Hoya starts using his height and throwing more punches down on Pacquiao. Manny throws fewer punches. A very competitive fight thus far. De La Hoya.

Round 4: If you’re a Pac-Man fan, this was a good round. Pacquiao dominated, finding a rhythm and boxing circles around DLH. Pacquiao.

Round 5: Wow. Pacquiao just spent three minutes battering De La Hoya, getting his attention a couple times with power shots. When De La Hoya fought Steve Forbes, I said DLH looked like an old fighter. He looks even older right now. Pacquiao

Round 6: Pacquiao looks like he owns the joint right now. De La Hoya has no answer for him in the middle the ring and Oscar’s left eye is swelling. Pacquiao.

Round 7: The wheels just came off for De La Hoya as Pacquiao outlanded him 175-46 in power shots. Pacquiao may stop him soon. Pacquiao.

Round 8: De La Hoya has nothing. Absolutely nothing. Pacquiao is having a sparring session now. Oscar’s laboring to throw a jab.

And he just quit.

Pacquiao KO9 De La Hoya

Final Observations: De La Hoya is done. Maye he could put together a fight with Roy Jones Jr., but that’s about it. This was just an awful performance. Plus, the two times I saw De La Hoya feel like he was in over his head was with Bernard Hopkins and now Pacquiao. And both times he gave in pretty meekly. In the end, that’s the story of Oscar De La Hoya – he was a tough, charismatic fighter who took on many of the best of his era – and lost to most of them.

As for Pacquiao, it was just a stellar performance. Don’t take anything away from him. He put on some weight and went up and did what he does against De la Hoya. Pacquiao just beat the crap out of him. He showed heft in his punches and unerring accuracy. We’ll see where he goes from here, but Mayweather may be thinking about taking up the game again. All avenues are open for the fantastic Filipino.

Comments

3 Responses to “Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao updated live blog”

  1. dgun on December 7th, 2008 5:19 pm

    He had a good career. Time to sell grills, play golf, and do the occasional boxing commentary.

  2. William K. Wolfrum Chronicles » Blog Archive » The Sports Desk: For Oscar De La Hoya, it was the wait not the weight on December 13th, 2008 4:53 pm

    [...] Dan Rafael has some thoughts about Oscar De La Hoya’s horrific performance against Manny Pacquiao. While Rafael does make an interesting point about fighters dropping in weight, his examples of Chris Byrd and Roy Jones Jr., don’t help his case. Both Byrd and Jones were older and not the fighters they used to be. In fact, Jones and De La Hoya both showed fans the perfect examples of what shot fighters look like. The endless waiting, looking for an opening they can’t react to. While Jones and De La Hoya are worthy of praise for their careers, both are completely shot fighters. Here’s hoping both hang it up. [...]

  3. William K. Wolfrum Chronicles » Blog Archive » From the Sports Desk … on March 1st, 2009 7:28 pm

    [...] Oscar De La Hoya is just thinking about retirement? Good God man, enjoy your promoting, your mental facilities and your life. Your boxing ability has left town. [...]

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