Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao WON Total Knock Out (TKO) from Oscar "Golden Boy" de la Hoya in 8 rounds of their "Dream Match". Manny Pacquiao, 29 years old, and champion of four weight divisions, proved De la Hoya why he has been proclaimed by many as the best pound-for-pound fighter.
Oscar De la Hoya, 35 years old, a six-division champion, and former Olympic gold medalist entered the ring as the favorite because of his height and weight advantage over Pacquiao who has never fought above 135 pounds (61 kg).
Manny Pacquiao versus Oscar de la Hoya Round per round events:
Round 1 - Manny's Strong Start
Manny Pacquiao gets off to a strong start against Oscar De La Hoya. Manny Pacquiao connected on his 1-2 combinations with his left tagging De La Hoya quite a few times. De La Hoya proved some signs of aggression late in the round but Pacquiao get along to dance his way out of trouble.
Round 2 - Manny Pacquiao is in Control
Manny Pacquiao stays in control even if Oscar De La Hoya is busier with his pet left jab. Pacquiao manages to sneak his left cross to tag de la Hoya quite a few times and his dazzling ring movement to counterbalance his opponent's six-inch reach advantage. Manny Pacquiao has won the first two rounds.
Round 3 - Fight slows down
The fight slows down. There's occasional vividness from Oscar De La Hoya. Manny Pacquiao counter with a left cross when Oscar tagged him with a couple of body shots. Pacquiao has been landing his left cross at will.
Round 4 - Manny made a Strong Finish
Oscar De La Hoya comes alive in the fourth round, but Pacquiao came up with a hurricane finish to steal the round. De La Hoya lands a solid right to Pacquiao’s face early in the round, his first big punch of the match. But the Golden Boy still cannot find a solution to the speed of Pacquiao’s left cross, allowing Pacquiao to tag him with shots to the face.
Round 5 - Pacquiao in Control
Manny Pacquiao proved he can engage Oscar De La Hoya in a phone-booth slugfest. Pacquiao connects on a solid left near the end of the round from close range. De La Hoya lands some shots to the body in the middle in the round that barely troubles Pacquiao.
Round 6 - De la Hoya Swelling
At the end of Round 6, there is some swelling on top of De La Hoya's left eye. Pacquiao's left cross is still working marvelous for him as De La Hoya has left himself open every time he let loose an attack.
Round 7 - Pacquiao Staggers De la Hoya
Manny Pacquiao shifts into high gear let loose a run of combinations which staggers De La Hoya, leaving the Golden Boy on the ropes for most of the round. However, De La Hoya was still able to stay on his feet.
Round 8 - Pacquiao made a Strong Finish
Manny Pacquiao unleashes an outbreak that has De La Hoya on the ropes in the last 10 seconds. The punches from Oscar De La Hoya are still far and few in between. De La Hoya handled to sneak in a few punches but it lacks the throb. Pacquiao, in distinction, has been connecting at will.
Manny Pacquiao WON versus Oscar de la Hoya
Manny Pacquiao challenged the odds when he beaten Oscar De La Hoya in the welterweight duel at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. De La Hoya declined to come out of his corner after the eighth round, forcing referee Tony Weeks to declare Pacquiao the WINNER by TKO (Total Knock Out).