Flash back to Dec. 6, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Before the two combatants made their way to the ring, it was billed as a sort of David and Goliath, because of the size of the men involved. One, the Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya, was naturally the bigger man with odds his way. Or so it seemed.
Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao, the smaller man, entered the ring and seemed to have the vibrant glow. It was clear to see who was the real "Golden Boy" before the first bell rang.
De La Hoya looked mentally defeated as the pressure built round after round. Pacquiao was the "bigger" man. Pac-Man went on to eat away all of De La Hoya's dots, as he seemed to be a flashing ghost that never gained his color back. When it was all said and done, De La Hoya had suffered the worst beating of his career.
Pacquiao is now headed to a match with Ricky Hatton. As a true boxing fan, this is not the match that I want to see, and I'm sure you don't want to see it either. The real Dream Match is being avoided.
Somebody call the Pretty Boy and tell him to step away from the mirror for a second. Yes Floyd, we know you are retired, but you can't have a man that destroyed the man who was the biggest victory of your career walk around like this. After all, that De La Hoya victory was a split decision. If you truly want to stay away forever, pray for a Hatton victory over Pacquiao.
Boxing is about being a legend, and it's a terrible thing to have your legacy diminished without setting foot in the ring. Step one of the Pretty Boy legacy being tarnished was the destruction of De La Hoya. If Hatton is destroyed as well, it won't sit well with the harsh critics who hate the Pretty Boy's flaunting of the cash (that he earned, I might add) and the endless boasting.
I honestly believe that both Pacquiao and Mayweather are in the primes of their careers, De La Hoya wasn't, and Hatton isn't a proven champion on this side of the pond (Atlantic Ocean).
Pacquiao's flawless victory over De La Hoya leaves a cloud over Floyd's head that only Hatton can clear. But how can you depend on a man that you have already knocked out? Don't let the critics force you, Floyd—apply pressure, call him out now. Tell him you are waiting for him.
I know you are a true champion, so you haven't stopped training; it's in your blood. But as a big fan of your career thus far, and an avid supporter of boxing as a whole, this is the fight that will give you the statue at the top of the steps (circa Rocky). No one will be able to question you, and if they do, you will have a solid supporter in myself that will be at your defense at all costs.
Allow the world to see that hunger, that rage to obliterate arguably the best fighter in the world... You know, you are retired...so you don't count or can't be mentioned. But defeating the Pac-Man would let you have that title even if you decide to wrestle The Big Show again, or have a casket match with the Undertaker at Summer Slam...
You've earned every dollar, every title, but De La Hoya's prime was way past him. Yes, Pacquiao has been defeated before, but so had Bernard Hopkins by Roy Jones—and we are not asking who is the better fighter even with Bernard at the young age of 44.
I understand you don't want boxing to take you out, but your legacy will be taken out if Pacquiao isn't taken out.