Pacman beats Golden Boy
Las Vegas, Nevada —
Manny ‘Pacman” Pacquiao made Filipinos proud once more by defeating Oscar ‘Golden Boy’ De la Hoya in their fight yesterday dubbed the Dream Match. The MGM Grand Arena was filled with 15, 000 eager boxing fans including celebrities and sports icons such as Thomas Hearns, Mike Tyson, Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, Bernard Hopkins, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Mark Walhberg and Russell Crowe to see the non-title but much-awaited fight of the year.
Though perceived by many as the underdog due to the tremendous advantage of De la Hoya in height, reach, and also experience, Pacquiao made De la Hoya look sluggish by beating him to the punch and connecting with regular jabs, left straight punches, and combinations to the head and the body. It was an amazing showcase of Pacquiao’s skills with speed being his greatest tool. He made De la Hoya realize that “you can’t hurt what you can’t hit“. After two rounds, the outcome was clear, Pacquiao is the better fighter and the only question left is until which round will De la Hoya last. By the end of round 8, De la Hoya had given up and conceded the victory to Pacquiao.
To Manny, one of the greatest Filipino boxers of all-time, thank you for the honor you continue to bring our country. Congratulations Pacman, mabuhay ka, mabuhay ang Pilipino!