“David vs. Goliath”, this I think should be the best title for the match between Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (47-3-2, 35 KOs) and Oscar “the Golden Boy” Dela Hoya (39-5, 30 KOs) for the Golden Boy’s farewell match to his very illustrious career on December 6, 2008. David won against Goliath in the story, but does anybody think Pacquiao has the slightest chance against the Golden Boy? Well, I’ll assume all the PacHugs probably think that Pacquiao is going to knock out the Golden Boy.
This fight was one of the match up I personally staged in Fight Night 2 [a Playstion video game], including Arturo Gatti vs. Holyfield, Jose Luis Castillo vs. Ali and many more mismatches that I created in the Fight Night Video game. Well, that was a video game, so I could match anybody I want, I was the matchmaker in all sorts, but, Pacquiao vs, Dela Hoya on December 6? In a business standpoint, this could make sense, this could really make a lot of $en$e. Dela Hoya, the sports’ most bankable star, against the Pound-for-Pound King, or to rephrase it, the Pay-Per-View King vs. Pound-for-Pound King. But for legacy’s sake, this bout does not make sense at all! Oscar wants his last fight to be a bang, but does defeating a shorter fighter like Pacquiao cements his name in the boxing books? NOT! If Oscar wanted to go out with a bang, he should have fought Margarito, Pavlik, Calzaghe, Williams or anybody on top of the division with his size, but he chose the easy way out, challenging Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao isn’t in a bad situation here. He gets his biggest purse. If he loses, as is generally expected, he will lose no prestige whatsoever, but an upset win will send Pacquiao’s earning power and all-time status soaring into the stratosphere. It’s a win-win situation for Pacquiao, but on Oscar’s side, he only wins money-wise. He does not prove anything if he will defeat Pacquiao.
I really don’t have any problem with the match, it’s just that, not every hardcore boxing fans want to see this fight. Every hardcore boxing fan wants to see Oscar fight and Pacquiao fight, but they don’t want to see both fighters agains each other because it’s just wrong. Another thing to point out, Mayorga, Mosley, Trinidad, Vargas and others were not able to KO Dela Hoya, if Pacquiao thinks he can KO Dela Hoya, then he must be kidding. Oscar is not David Diaz that he can outclass and knock out, maybe he can outrun and out box Dela Hoya, but he can’t KO Dela Hoya.
It remains to be seen how the fight will turn out. I am favoring Dela Hoya to win this by KO. I am a Filipino and I should support Pacquiao, but not now, I can’t be biased and tell everybody that the Pacman can KO the Golden Boy, even if there is a chance, it is just so slim. For now, let the hype begin.