The biggest question that would be answered this weekend is “who hits harder out of the two southpaws?”. Dubbed as LETHAL COMBINATION, newly crowned WBC SuperFeatherweight Champ and Pound-for-Pound King Manny Pacquiao (46-3-1, 35 KOs) will once again try accomplish another feat as he tries to challenge current WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz (34-1-1, 17 KOs). This will be the first time that “The Pacman” will be campaining at the Lightweights while this will be “Dangerous” David Diaz’ second defense to his crown which he successfully defended with a brawl against Legendary Erik “El Teribble” Morales (which is the same boxer that defeated the Pacman in their first outing but was defeated on the next two outings via TKO8 and TKO3).
“To put my name in boxing history is something that is very important to me and to my country,” Pacquiao said with justifiable pride. Pacquiao will try to capture his 4th belt in 4 weight divisions and if he succeeds, he will be the first Asian to do so. The brawling southpaw with extraordinary speed and power, who collected belts in Flyweight, Super Bantamweight and Superfeatherweight will try to add Diaz’ belt to this collection, but Diaz is one tough cookie to crack. For one, Diaz started campaigning as a Welterweight (147lbs), 30lbs as much as the what Manny weighed when he started his career at 112lbs, so that means Diaz has a larger frame and carries the heavier punch. It would remain a question as to what will prevail in the upcoming event.
Speed and power will be Manny’s weapon in the coming event but the main problem is if Pacquaio’s power will still remain with the excess weight he is carrying and if that power will have the same effect on a heavier and wider body if Diaz, if not, those body shots that Manny will be throwing will just be absorbed by Diaz’ body. Also, will Pacquiao’s speed be the same with the excess weight? Diaz is carrying the power and the body of a welterweight, though it is not evident with only 17KOs in his record, this happened because he was up againtst bigger guys too, but now, he is a against a smaller guy and that power could prove to be one weapon that Diaz can use too.
I am not boxing expert but I will still give my prediction for the fight. If the fight will go past 8 rounds, it will be an advantage to David Diaz as he is accustomed to carrying the weight unlike Pacquiao, but if Pacquiao can get it going in early rounds, then it will be Pacquaio by TKO. Glue your sets this Sunday, June 29, 2008 (Philippine time GMT+8) for Lethal Combination – Manny Pacquaio vs. David Diaz.