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Ring Magazine asked 30 "Web Experts" their predictions on the De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao fight. Twenty eight picked Oscar and two picked Manny. When I was asked why I picked Manny when everyone else was so sure that Oscar was going to win I told them I had two words for them:
If you recall Oscar fought Steve "2 Pounds" Forbes at 154 pounds between losing to Floyd Mayweather and taking the fight with Manny Pacquiao. To most it was just a throw away fight. A tune up before a 2nd bout against Maywather (of course Mayweather ended up retiring). Forbes had always been trained by the Mayweather brothers. He was considered a very poor man's Floyd Mayweather that Oscar could beat up on to get his confidence up.
Oscar won the fight easily, but the thing that struck me that night was how his face looked afterward. It was bruised and battered by Forbes who has absolutely no power, rarely throws punches and was moving up in weight to face De La Hoya.
Once Oscar signed to fight Manny Pacquiao my prediction was already set in stone. If lightly regarded Steve Forbes could make Oscar's face look like he had been hit with bricks what did you think Pacquiao would do? This was an easy fight to predict. The fact that De La Hoya had to go all the way down to 147 made it even easier. Common sense tells you that when you are older that it is easier to put on weight than lose it.
Even then it was hard to drown out all the so called "experts" stating that there was no way that Pacquiao would be able to overcome the size differential. That eventually he would feel Oscar's power and be knocked out. But then I started to think who was the last person to really feel Oscar's power? Ricardo Mayorga? To my death bed I will believe he took a dive for Oscar. Oscar wasn't able to knock out Steve Forbes so why should anyone think he would have been able to knock out Manny Pacquiao?
I was 95% sure that Pacquiao would win, but there was still that 5% of doubt tuntil I started watching De La Hoya/Pacquiao 24/7 on HBO.
This series is supposed to be a "reality" show, but Oscar didn't get the memo because it was the worse piece of acting this side of "Showgirls". Oscar was selling a fight trying to make you believe that he was "inspired" "motivated" "recharged" and "excited" when in reality it was obvious that he would rather just be hanging out with his wife and kids. Oscar was being a "businessman" whereas Manny was being a "fighter". Manny was "real" while Oscar seemed "packaged". Manny was "relaxed" while Oscar acted like he was trying to convince himself. This was a business deal for Oscar, but a fight for Manny.
At that point I was 99% sure that Pacquiao would win. I even made a video pointing out the "5 Reasons" why (more on that later), but if I needed to erase that 1% of doubt it came during the weigh in when Oscar weighed 145 and then on fight night weighed officially 147 (Pacquiao weighed more if you can believe that at 148.5). Considering Oscar was the older fighter, coming down in weight and with a history of tiring in the later rounds only being able to put back on 2 pounds was sign if the fight went more than one round he wouldn't have the stamina to carry on.
When they stepped into the right I was 100% sure Manny was going to win and was going to win easily. It wasn't even close. In my opinion Oscar landing maybe 5 meaningful punches the entire fight. Manny put on a boxing clinic and let me emphasize "BOXING CLINIC". He didn't brawl with Oscar which would have been dumb. He beat him to the punch with combinations and deadly accuracy. By the 5th round Oscar was tired and didn't know what to do except stand there and get blasted to the face repeatedly until it was obvious he wanted to quit. In reality he quit somewhere around the 6th round but officially he quit in the 8th round when everyone realized that it was over.
Which brings me back to the "5 Reasons" in the beginning I though Pacquiao would win:
1- Size Didn't Matter
2- Oscar chokes in big fights
4- Oscar is a shot fighter
5- Always go with the hungrier fighter.
I don't think I have ever had a "5 Reasons" that was ever more on the money. Oscar De La Hoya has done a lot for boxing. He single handily for the last few years have kept the sport on the map with these mega fights, but the fact of the matter is it is time to move on. As I rule I don't like to tell athletes when to retire that is a personal choice for them, but he will never ever be taken seriously as a contender again. If he wants to fight and add on to his bank account so be it, but if he can't beat a "midget" as some in the boxing industry referred to Pacquiao what do you think Margarito, Williams or Cotto would do to him.
So what is next? This is how I see 2009 going.
Pacquiao vs. Hatton and if Pacquiao wins a possible match with Floyd Mayweather yes the retire Floyd Mayweather.
But that is in the future. Right now we should celebrate the undisputed pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao.
One final note who in the blue hell is this woman Mike Tyson? The fact that Mike Tyson is alive and still pulling women like that is a much bigger upset than anything Manny did in that ring tonight.