07 December 2008

Pacquiao Wins in Eighth

Photo courtesy of Yahoo! Sports
Manny Pacquiao erased all doubts about his ability to win big after he ended Oscar De La Hoya's chance of staging a career comeback in the eighth round of their scheduled 12 round match today. De La Hoya was just a shadow of his former self as he sat in the corner, his left eye swollen shut and his face bruised by punches Pacquiao seemed able to land almost at will.

The decision to call it a night was easy. The decision to call it a career may be a lot tougher. De La Hoya has a lot to think about before he decides to fight again.

"My heart still wants to fight, that’s for sure," De La Hoya said. "But when your physical doesn’t respond, what can you do? I have to be smart and make sure I think about my future plans."

Pacquiao convincingly gave De La Hoya a lot to think about by beating and battering him around the ring for eight rounds before De La Hoya declined to answer the bell for the ninth round. It was obvious after the fight who was better prepared to box and who had a better strategy. However, the domination was so shocking to many De La Hoya fans that many still cannot believed that it came at the hands of a fighter who just nine months earlier had been fighting at 129 pounds.

Photo courtesy of Yahoo! SportsAccording to Yahoo! Sports, De La Hoya absorbed such a beating that he was taken to a hospital afterwards for what was described as a precautionary examination. The most popular fighter of his generation won just one round on one ringside scorecard and none on the other two against a smaller opponent who fought bigger than him from the opening bell on.

After the fight, De La Hoya acknowledged his defeat against a fighter who fought a lot bigger than he looked and who proved that speed was a lot more important than size against a fighter who at the age of 35 has seen his better days.

"That's what we were focused on every day in the gym, speed, speed would be the key to this fight," Pacquiao said. "I trained hard for this fight, and that’s why I deserve tonight."

De La Hoya’s left eye was swollen shut as he sat on his stool after the eighth round and the ring doctor, referee and his cornermen discussed his condition. De La Hoya offered no complaints when his corner decided he had enough, getting up from his stool and walking to the center of the ring to congratulate the victor.

"You’re still my idol," Pacquiao humbly told him.

"No, you’re my idol," De La Hoya said.

For Manny Pacquiao, you gave all the Filipinos another thing to be proud of - a humble, but very big fighting heart.