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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