Bow Down To The New King Of The Ring

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Boxing fans are well aware of the wonder that is Manny Pacquiao, but it's likely that more of the sporting world will have a better idea of the Filipino's mix of speed, power, and tactics inside the ring after he absolutely deconstructed and demolished Oscar De La Hoya last night with an 8th round TKO. Sadly, I was not able to watch the fight, but after watching Oscar's last bout with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and taking in several Pacquiao fights when they were re-aired, I sense De La Hoya's reach and height advantages would mean nothing.

The beauty of the clips I've seen of Pacquiao is that he makes it look absolutely effortless, it is in his economy of motion. He makes every punch count, there are very few wasted movements. De La Hoya is still a legend in the ring, but he is clearly well beyond his prime and probably knows it's time to step out, after winning only one of eight rounds on the scorecard (and according to some accounts of the fight I've read on the wires, that was generous.)

It's amazing how a lightweight like Pacquiao is good enough to jump two weight classes and dominate. Could we see Ricky Hatton or even a Pretty Boy Floyd fight in Pac-Man's future? Sounds likely, but right now, from the highlights, I can see why Pacquiao is a folk hero in his home country. It's clear even to someone like me, who doesn't follow boxing a whole lot.

Posted by Signal to Noise at 10:15 AM


Can he save boxing though? If I am reading about him here, then maybe he can.

Pip said...
Dec 7, 2008, 10:55:00 AM  

He is a tremendously talented fighter. His speed alone completely mitigated any advantages (power or reach) Oscar may have had in coming down a class to fight him. I think a Pac-Man Floyd fight would be one of those events that could in fact help generate some juice for boxing.

Rock48nj said...
Dec 7, 2008, 12:42:00 PM  

Rock48nj: I completely agree. However, we should think twice before assuming that Pacquiao's dominant performance against De La Hoya translates to a superb fight against Pretty Boy. De La Hoya is a shell of his former self.

Jeff said...
Dec 7, 2008, 1:17:00 PM  

Countdown to someone calling him "the Filipino Muhammad Ali"... 5... 4... what do you mean it already happened? You say I just did it?

Morgan Wick said...
Dec 7, 2008, 6:44:00 PM  

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