This is the prize Manny Pacquiao will get once he defeats Oscar De La Hoya come December 7 - very few people are giving Manny the chance of beating De La Hoya. I'm glad boxing is not a popularity contest. Besides, most of these so-called experts are nothing but quacks anyway. In boxing anything can happen. No one can be 100% sure. Though the match up is far from ideal (why do you think Oscar agreed to this?) I know I will support Manny - win or lose.
The Manny Pacquiao vs Oscar De La Hoya match up was the brainchild of HBO commentator Larry Merchant and no one took it seriously until several months ago. Only when the De La Hoya camp conceded that Manny agreed to this fight. Pacquiao initially rejected it as he didn't like the terms - the guy had nothing to lose anyway while the aging Oscar needs a fight that can restore some of his credibility as a boxer. He doesn't want to fight boxers his size like Trinidad, Margarito or Cotto (it is this cynical attitude Oscar brings to boxing that pisses me off I. I have nothing against him in fact I prefer him to fight either Margarito or Cotto - a much balanced match up for him to say the least). Of course, no boxer would like to end his career with a loss or worse a knock out which would likely happen if Oscar De La Hoya fights those pugs. So in August, the boxers agreed to fight - much to my surprise and chagrin. So it will happen...what was Pacquiao thinking? Why would he fight a guy six inches taller than him? For me it was an obvious mismatch. But what I think doesn't matter anyway. The match was set and all I have to do is to support him.
I wish Manny the best and that he'll be safe come fight night and not do the chicken dance as infantile blogger Ricardo Lois delightfully wished. What bothers me beside Oscar De La Hoya allegedly wearing lingerie (joke) is his six-inch advantage against Manny Pacquiao. How will Manny overcome that? For weeks, reports have been surfacing on how Manny will surmount the problems presented by Oscar. Things are easier said than done.
Many questions will be answered come December 7. Will Manny Pacquiao handle De La Hoya's power and his vaunted left hook? Will the weight loss adversely affect Oscar? Will Manny's speed and power retained as he moved up in weight? Experts have answered these questions but we will all know the answer this Sunday.
Good luck Manny! In taking the challenge of the bigger man, Manny Pacquiao is the only warrior in the ring come fight night.
Note: please excuse this post if it has some grammatical errors as I have no time to review it. Once I review it - the note will be removed. Thank you for your patience and understanding.