Manny Pacquiao vs Oscar De La Hoya – Highlights (Pacquiao Stops De La Hoya)

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December 6th, 2008. The Fighting Pride of the Philippines “The Pacman” Manny Pacquiao stops Oscar De La Hoya aka “The Golden Boy” with a dazzling display of boxing skills, speed, power, footwork and remarkable combination punching as the former world champion in 6 weight divisions was dominated in every round en route to a corner stoppage.

In May 2007, De La Hoya fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. as he looks to defend his WBC Super Welterweight strap for the first time. De La Hoya and Mayweather engaged in a close contest, where Oscar continuously pushes the action with constant aggression while Floyd utilize his defensive skills and counter punching abilities. The verdict was a close contest, in which Floyd won via a very close SD.

After negotiations of a rematch with Money Mayweather falls through, the Golden Boy takes on Steve Forbes in mid 2008. A fight in which both De La Hoya and Forbes weighed in at 150 pounds, and Oscar dominated every round with effective combinations to the body and head en route to a lopsided decision victory. He was then scheduled to take on Manny Pacquiao in a mega match.

In March 2008, Pacquiao takes on arch rival Juan Manuel Marquez in the 2nd of their legendary 4 fight series as the WBC and The Ring Super Featherweight titles are on the line. In yet another highly exciting and close contest, Pacquiao won via an extremely close SD.

In June 2008, Pacquiao dominates David Diaz to garner a TKO9 victory and becoming world champion in 5 weight divisions, as he bags the WBC Lightweight crown. A fight with De La Hoya was next up.

Despite the fact that Pacquiao is arguably at his absolute best at this point of his career, large numbers of writers, observers and critics believe that Oscar’s sheer size advantage over Pacquiao would be too much for the naturally smaller Pacquiao. However, Oscar is well past his best at this point and Pacquiao’s movements, speed, power and effective combination punching was overwhelming.

Oscar had two great moments in the fight; in the 3rd round where he landed a hard left hook to the body (one of his best weapons throughout his career) and in the 5th round he landed a hard right hand to the body, pinning Pacquiao on the ropes and landed 5 consecutive left hooks (while holding and hitting).

In the 7th round, Pacquiao landed 50 power punches on De La Hoya; the most power punches ever landed on Oscar in a single round in his 16 year pro career. By CompuBox stats, the Pacman landed nearly 150 more power punches than The Golden Boy. Oscar announces his retirement after this fight.

While I am aware that Oscar is well past his best at this point, however it is still a beautiful display of a prime Pacquiao’s boxing abilities.

“..and he’s gradually reconfiguring De La Hoya’s beautiful face.”
– Jim Lampley

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