The Dream Match: Pacquiao vs De La Hoya Prediction
Get ready for The Dream Match.
On December 6, 2008, boxing’s Golden Boy faces the pound-for-pound champion of the world at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The two will meet in the middle – at welterweight (147 pounds) – a match up many have long anticipated.
Oscar De La Hoya hasn’t fought at welterweight since 2001 and Manny Pacquiao, who started his career at 106 pounds, has never fought at welterweight.
In this historical battle that is on its way to producing the second highest-grossing gate in Las Vegas, Team De La Hoya knows that going up against a smaller boxer gives the Golden Boy no distinct advantage if that opponent happens to be a bundle of massive energy.
But Pacquiao, who has fought in Vegas eight times over the last seven years, was again labeled as the ‘underdog’.
The last time he was called the underdog was against Lehlo Ledwaba in 2001 and against Erik Morales in March of 2005.
Is Manny Pacquiao prepared to face a stronger and bigger opponent? Can he survive the fighting expertise and power of Oscar De La Hoya and come up with an upset?
I don’t think so.
Manny Pacquiao is a brilliant fighter and maybe even a better fighter then De La Hoya right now. The problem is, that won’t help Manny in this battle. There’s a major size difference between the two and I’m predicting that De La Hoya will prevail. It will be 4 inches in height and 6 inches in reach.
Oscar De La Hoya has only been knocked out once in his 44 career fights. Manny Pacquiao has been knocked out twice in his 52 fights.
Everybody thinks that Pacman will be faster than The Golden Boy in this fight, but Oscar has always had fast hands as well. Let’s accept the fact that Mayweather didn’t defeat Oscar with greater hand speed, he beat him with better defense and alertness.
But If he loses to Pacquiao on Saturday night, his legacy will take a serious hit. And if he beats Pacquiao? Many will simply respond, “So what?”
I’m a Pinoy and a huge Pacman fan…I just don’t think he can overcome the size difference. In this version of the Bible, Goliath wins.
Although I won’t be able to see it live at the MGM in Las Vegas, I will be satisfied seeing them slugging each other on the TV screen.
Who do you think will emerge triumphant? Is it Pacquiao or De La Hoya? We would like to know your opinion.