Oscar v Manny - Early Thoughts
on November 25, 2008 by Administrator
So now that Ricky Hatton has done his part it is up to Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao to have their scrap with the winner pretty much nailed on to face ‘the hitman’ in the summer.
This fight is all about marketing, you are pitting the most popular fighter the widely regarded p4p champ now that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has hung up his gloves. De La Hoya is fighting at 147 for the first time in an age and Manny is stepping up from 135 to take the fight. De La Hoya hasn’t knocked anyone out since Derrell Coley and who remembers him?
Yes I know there have been a few TKO’s since then but that was the last time he had someone on the canvas and down for the count. That fight was in 2000 and it is now 2008, that is a long time to go without dumping an opponent on his backside for ten seconds or more.
Manny Pacquiao also hasn’t had the big punch recently with the Erik Morales fight in 2006 being the last time he had a brand name opponent on the deck. With Manny stepping up in weight and De La Hoya coming down to his natural weight then even though Manny is the reigning p4p king you have to fancy De La Hoya’s chances of pulling out the upset.
More on this fight as we get nearer the time.