Will Oscar De la Hoya End Up Like Roy Jones?

noning antonioContributor INovember 9, 2008

With the outcome of the fight between Roy Jones and Joe Calzaghe, last Saturday night—evidently Jones was caught up with his age and drop to a unanimous decission loss with the undefeated Welshman retaining his linear light Heavyweight crown.

The loss of Jones, was clearly attributed to his growing age and because and now lot of critics are looking on the upcoming fight of Oscar de la Hoya and pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, dubbed as the "dream Match" before the year ends.

We all know that dela Hoya is older than Pacquiao, and many boxing analyst noted the golden boy's weaknesses in terms of his stamina, his ability to absorb body shots, and often fading on the late rounds and they attributed it to Oscar's age.

The question is if there is possibility for Oscar to suffer the same defeat as Jones have?.

Jones came out strong in the first round and dropped Calzaghe with vicious combinations, but the Welshman managed to survive that round and came out strong in the late rounds to dominate Jones who notably faded entering the six until the last round of the fight.

No question about Jones skills in boxing, he was once the pound-for-pound king like de la Hoya during his prime. But in boxing there's a saying that “In your mind you want to do it, but your flesh says, no mas, no mas".

In the situation dealing with dela Hoya, his mind and spirit wanted to do it, but how about the body? de la Hoya should drop Manny in the early rounds if he wants to emerge victorious because if Manny will continue to show his presence until the late rounds then the golden boy will be in great danger.

Manny loves to take his opponent on the late rounds because he know his stamina and speed are still working and getting even stronger, boxing trainers called it as "second wind". Sad to say with the last three fights of de la Hoya, the so called second win, didnt work for him, but still we are hoping that with the fight with Manny it will resusitate so, we will enjoy the fight.

Pacquiao is turning 30, on December, after the fight with dela Hoya, and only a thin barrier is separating Manny's age in the calendars but what amazed us his devotion in the training and he doesn't show signs of fading on his career as far as his performance is concerned.

He is not like Barrera and Morales (sorry to mention your names but we respect you guys) who when turned 30, their careers has sink little by little, that is why when Manny knocked them out, boxing enthusiast in the world cried out that Manny beat washed up fighters.

Come fight night, on December 06, 2008, we are hoping for a big bang of performance of de la Hoya and Pacquiao. We pray that the two will end the fight unhurt and the people will realize that win or loss this two pugilists will be great inspiration to other boxers who are set to continue the boxing industry that was left by the past greats Ali, Sugar Ray, Mike Tyson, and others. (Noning Antonio)