With barely a month to go before the most anticipated boxing match of the century, dubbed as "The Dream Match," we've heard a lot of progress from Manny Pacquiao's camp while changes, or shall we say adjustments of fight tactics, from the De la Hoya camp are evidently in process with the additional presence of legendary trainer Angelo Dundee.
With the recent information I have received from a reliable source within Pacquiao's camp, it appeared that the Filipino boxing icon is doing great as far as his preparation is concerned.
According to him, the power punch of the Pacman has increased and his speed is unbelievable, despite adding over 10 pounds to meet the welterweight limit. Many have thought this would greatly affect the boxer's movement.
He recalled one of Pacquiao's sparring partners who told him that, "Pacman hits like a heavyweight but moves like a flyweight," and has complained of body pains after logging in four rounds with the Filipino boxer.
Amhir Khan, a British lightweight star, has also sparred with Pacquiao and has uttered some comments regarding the Pacman's power and speed, giving his nod for the Filipino's victory.
With these conclusions, I see Pacman tearing down De la Hoya in the later rounds, if his condition is truly supreme come fight night. We know Oscar's weakness of fading in the later rounds, made evident in his last two efforts—fights with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Steve Forbes.
Yes, the volume of punches from Dela Hoya is still there, but they apparently don't possess power, and he has a tendency of becoming lazy with his movement. This will be a great danger for him because Pacman is known for his great stamina and relentless, powerful attacks.
We saw it in some previous fights where Pacman tirelessly battled Marco Antonio Barrera, Eric Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, and most recently David Diaz. If Pacman, indeed is in great shape, like he was when he knocked out Barrera in their first fight, I see him wearing down De la Hoya before a stoppage in round nine or 11.
The addition of Dundee in De la Hoya's camp is a sign of confusion on the part of the boxer's preparation, thus he needs further advice from the Hall of Fame trainer. It also shows that De la Hoya is not taking Pacquiao lightly.
This is the first time in De la Hoya's career that he has made such adjustment—not even when he fought Bernard Hopkins, Felix Trinidad, or Floyd Mayweather did he do this. Surely the Pacman is a threat to his opponent.
It's a bad sign for Oscar De la Hoya.