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09.12.2008 Boxing

Pacquiao TKOs De La Hoya!

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Pacquiao lands a right hand on Hoya In a cross divisional "Dream Match" fought at welterweight poundage, WBC lightweight champion and pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36 KOs) created a nightmare for legendary six-division former champion Oscar De La Hoya over the weekend when he won a technical knockout decision over the “Golden Boy”.

While firmly stapling his place in boxing history, Filipino phenomenon Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao drove a big nail into a golden casket, undoubtedly ending one hell of a career for Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya.

In front of a sold-out crowd of 15,001, what began as a partial De la Hoya crowd inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas watched as a Hall of Fame fighter whose done nothing but great things for the sport, get soundly beaten to the point of quitting.

The Olympic Gold medalist and six division former champion entered the bout admittingly towards the tail end of a wonderful career, looking to finish strong by taking on the pound-for-pound best fighter in the sport

The Pacman scored an impressive, and surprisingly one-sided eighth round TKO. The quicker Pacquiao got off to a strong start, connecting with clean straight left leads and he continually beat the Golden Boy to the punch.

Oscar got untracked a bit in round five landing one good flurry, but Pacquiao regained command in the sixth and mercilessly battered Oscar on the ropes in the seventh. Oscar's left eye was swelling shut. It was again all Pacquiao in round eight and Oscar's corner stopped the fight after the eighth. At the time of the stoppage, Pacquiao had swept all eight rounds on two cards and won seven of eight on the third card- in all a dominant performance.

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