With an attendance of 8,326 watching at ringside, all of them witnessed the crowning of the new KING. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao captured Diaz’ WBC Lightweight Title via devastating left hook to the jaw that dropped Diaz face down to the canvass. Pacquiao added Diaz WBC Lightweight belt to his resume to become the first Asian to capture 4 World Titles in as many weight divisions.
It was Pacquaio’s show from the opening bell until he finally knocked Diaz face-first to the mat with a left to the jaw at 2:23 of the ninth round. It was incredible how Pacquiao’s speed and power was still evident even with the move up in weight. Pacquiao looked strong, fast and sharp. Now, he will be an addition to an already deep Lightweight Division if he decides to stay there.
Now, what’s next for Pacquiao? If he decides to stay in the Lightweight Division, will he be brave enough to fight the Nate Campbell-Joan Guzman fight winner? Or the Joel Casamayor-Juan Manuel Marquez fight winner? How about fight fast-rising, young and undefeated Lightweight Contender Amir Khan or Bobby Pacquiao’s latest conqueror Urbano Antillon? I hope Bob Arum gives Manny Pacquiao a fight that would not only generate $$ but also a fight that would further cement Pacquiao’s legacy.
Wherever he is heading next, most of us will be supporting the new King, even the NBA 2008 Champions Boston Celtics with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen (PacHaters are still allowed to join xD). All hail to David Diaz for courageously defending his belt and fighting Manny Pacquiao.
P.S. I am not a PacHug. But I am rooting for Pacquiao since I am a Filipino. Whoever Pacquaio fights next we will be watching. Some fight pictures are here.