History | Dec 06 2018

On This Day: Manny Pacquiao savages the hollow remnants of Oscar De La Hoya

Manny Pacquiao ends the career of Oscar De La Hoya, writes Matt Christie
Oscar De La Hoya vs Manny Pacquiao
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1. FANS were shocked when Oscar De La Hoya announced he would be returning to 147lbs to take on Manny Pacquiao on December 6, 2008. The Filipino, who won his first world title at flyweight and had fought just once at 135, was thought to be far too small for his illustrious opponent. De La Hoya, although in decline, was still regarded as one of the sport’s premier fighters.

2. SOME insiders, like trainer and analyst Teddy Atlas, thought that dropping back to welterweight might put a strain on the “Golden Boy’s” 35-year-old body. Oscar – who had recently campaigned at light-middle and middle – had not fought at welterweight since thrashing Arturo Gatti in 2001.

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