De La Hoya v. Pacquiao Press Conference Originally uploaded by ericrichardson

Tomorrow on HBO PPV live from MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Manny Paquiao steps into the ring with the ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar De La Hoya which many are calling the ‘dream’ match for the Filipino boxer.

Tale of the Tape:
[flickr align=”right”]photo:3084696209[/flickr]Oscar De La Hoya
Birthplace: East LA, California
Record – W-L-D (KO): 39-5-0 (30)
Last 10 fights: 7-3-0 (4)
Trainer (venue): Ignacio Beristain (Big Bear)
Age (Birthdate): 35 (04 Feb 1973)
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 10 1/2″
Reach: 72″
Manny Pacquiao
Birthplace: Gen. Santos, Philippines
Record – W-L-D (KO): 47-3-2 (36)
Last 10 fights: 9-1-0 (6)
Trainer (venue): Freddie Roach (Wild Card Gym)
Age (Birthdate): 29 (12 Dec 1978)
Stance: Southpaw
Height: 5′ 6 1/2″
Reach: 67″
I love Pacquiao and what he represents, but De La Hoya is bigger, faster, stronger, more experienced, and lets face it – a better boxer. There is a huge mismatch for Pacquiao here, but we see Cinderella stories in boxing all the time. I have never been more excited for a Pacquiao fight, because this time around, hes is not the favor to win – which would make a Pacquiao victory even more inspiring.
Filipino politician Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City:
Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City asked the country’s Games and Amusements Board to temporarily suspend Pacquiao’s boxing license so the fighter wouldn’t be able to go through with his planned December 6 bout with Oscar De La Hoya. De La Hoya is four inches taller than Pacquiao and will outweigh him on fight night probably by about 15 pounds – Rodriguez told the Philippine Daily Inquirer, “This bout is just about money. Pacquiao has no chance. We have to protect him. He is a national treasure.”
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