Saturday, August 22, 2009

Dela Hoya pays tribute to Pacquiao


Oscar De La Hoya lists Manny Pacquiao not only as one of the greatest fighters he has fought but the guy with the fastest hands.

The Golden Boy, in his weekly blog in on-line edition of The Ring magazine, rattled off the names of Julio Cesar Chavez of Mexico, Pernell Whitaker of the US, Arturo Gatti of the US, Ike Quartey of Ghana, Fernando Vargas of the US, Bernard Hopkins of the US, and Pacquiao as “the best he faced in ten important categories.”

Said De La Hoya on Pacquiao: “His punches don’t come from your basic boxing style; they come from all sorts of weird angles. That’s what makes him difficult.”

Pacquiao was the underdog going into the fancied fight held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

De La Hoya, who did not answer the bell for the ninth round against Pacquiao last year, hailed Chavez as being the best fighter and the one with the best chin and Whitaker as being the best boxer and the one with the quickest of feet and best defense.

The late Gatti was acknowledged as the best puncher, while Quartey had the best jab and Vargas as being the strongest. Hopkins, according to De La Hoya, now 36, was the smartest. Hopkins is the only other fellow aside from Pacquiao who was able to stop De La Hoya.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao reiterated on Thursday his intention to run for congressman of Saranggani province in Mindanao after an early-morning radio report said he has decided to walk away from the political arena.

Pacquiao said he has devoted so much of his time and money the last 12 months that he hasn’t changed his mind about his second crack at making big in politics.

Instead of challenging the bigwigs of the province, led by the Chiongbians, Pacquiao is being lured to run instead as a party-list representative.

Pacquiao is scheduled to face Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico on November 14 at the MGM Grand.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pacquiao vs Cotto this November!

Beforehand it was only a question for who will be the next foe for the regime of Manny Pacquiao in the field of boxing. This official announcement of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto fight calendared this 14th of November at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas conveys with it a wave of excitement and thrill for fight fans. The boxing's acknowledged pound-for-pound king, Manny Pacquiao, will jump north in weight once more to fight Cotto, the current WBO welterweight champ, at an agreed-upon catch-weight of 145 pounds after his triumphant dominance over Clottey.

This match-up is certain to trigger a firestorm of debate and discussions among devoted followers of the sweet science of boxing. Both fighters are accomplished stars, who inspire great passion in their fan established fame, and yet they have unanswered questions hanging over them at the moment. What are those questions? Questions that will be cleared up once they meet and fight in November.

Although would really not take a confident body for this fight since Cotto has some hard punches too that Pacquiao must be aware of. The pound for pound king have statements that for his foes to conquer the win they must knock him out. Then these statements can be true. But still I am on the side of Pacquiao not only that I am a Filipino but to the skills and quickness that he possessed.

There is no doubt and hesitation that Pacquiao presents a frightening package to any opponent right now. Pacquiao has looked great in his last three fights, but he is not without question still, particularly when facing this Puerto Rican with a proven heavy-handed puncher of Cotto's size and caliber. Let us all see this all this November to unleash these questions. It should be remarked also that he fought the perfect opponents, the perfect guys to make him look like a million bucks right now.