The most awaited boxing match this year is the bout between Oscar de la Hoya and Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on December 6, 2008. According to the MGM/Mirage Race and Sports Book, De La Hoya is about a 2-1 favorite over Pacquiao. This is can be attributed to De La Hoya’s 4-inch height advantage and the fact that current lightweight champion (135-pound) Pacquiao has never fought at the 147-pound agreed weight level.
De La Hoya admits he is excited about the match and his goal is to bring Pacquiao flat on his back on bout night. Pacquiao’s advantage going into the fight is his speed and his youth at a ripe age of 29. De La Hoya, 35, hasn’t knocked down a fighter in more than 2 years and hasn’t won an authentic knockout since 2000. To be able to keep up with the younger player and make it to 12 rounds, the veteran returned to training at the 7,500 feet of elevation in Big Bear for the first time in four years.
While Pacquiao’s strength is in his rapid-fire hits, De La Hoya’s left hook can be a clincher. It’s definite that Pacquiao’s cornerman, Freddie Roach, is training the little guy to avoid this left hook. And he may just be the man to teach him being the former trainer of De La Hoya.
Tickets for the De La Hoya-Pacquiao bout were sold out in two hours after release. You can still get tickets online for this major bout if you are a boxing aficionado. This is a once-in-a-lifetime match which may never come again.