Manny Pacquiao Crushes Oscar De La Hoya [Video]
There were a lot of people out there, myself included, who thought this De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao fight was simply a set up for De La Hoya. Pacquiao had to gain weight, and in addition to that, he's noticeably smaller than De La Hoya and has a shorter reach. I figured while it wouldn't be an easy fight for De La Hoya, he'd be able to win based on the fact that everything about this fight was clearly in his favor.
But Pacquiao would have none of that. Pacquiao, who is now clearly the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing, just hammered De La Hoya. Seriously, just watch the video above. There's an incredible slow-mo shot of Pacquiao landing three enormous punches on De La Hoya - all in a row. On pretty much everyone's card, Pacquiao won every round of the fight.
In the end, the beating was too much for De La Hoya, who failed to answer the bell for the ninth round.
Truly an amazing performance by Pacquiao, who is on par with Michael Jordan at his peak in terms of popularity in his home country of the Philippines. Hell, Pacquiao might as well run for President after winning this fight. He'd win in a landslide.