Today is a mark in history as legendary—Manny Pacquiao fights Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya in a 12 round boxing extravaganza. The event is scheduled to air live on HBO PPV on December 6th, 9:00 PM (ET)/8:00PM (CT).
De La Hoya Vs. Pacquiao
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Questions were raised after the official weigh-in at the Garden Arena for the welterweight match. Philippine Daily Inquirer reports -
The 29-year-old brawler tipped the scales at 142 pounds Friday in a festive official weigh-in at the packed Garden Arena. The moment the number was called out, trainer Freddie Roach quickly approached the scale to check if he heard it correctly. Everybody sensed something was wrong.
Pacquiao feels that De La Hoya may have rigged his way out of a $6-million penalty for being overweight.
Source - (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
“When I got to the venue, in less than an hour, I weighed 142 lb. In less than an hour I lost 4 lb and I did not even do anything. I don’t want to insinuate anything, but I lost 4 lb in less than an hour without doing anything,” Pacquiao said.
“I was surprised at my weight,” Pacquiao said later that evening inside his cushy 61st floor suite at Mandalay Bay. “Before I went to the weigh-in, I checked my weight and came in at 146 lb.”
The question remains as Pacquiao is only speculating, but can not be certain. However, Manny is relentless and is not intimidated easily.
Provisions and Outlook
For Manny Pacquiao, a nation of Philippines will be watching the legend today. If Pacquiao wants to win, he must hold on to his defensive. De La Hoya has height, weight, and reach advantage. Pacquiao can win, but he can not let size become an issue.
On the other hand, a reputation is on the line for 35 years old—Oscar De La Hoya. Some say Oscar is getting old, while Pacquiao, 29 years old, is still in his prime. However, the odds are still in De La Hoya’s favor. Oscar needs to use his physical advantage to win this battle. He needs to keep Manny outside his reach, and wait to set up the power shots.
Boxing, MMA, and even wrestling fans, are coming together to watch this insane battle take place. Check back later as we will update on the results of Manny Pacquiao vs. Oscar De La Hoya at MMA City (dot) Com.