Manny Pacquiao won over Oscar de la Hoya, scoring a TKO in the ninth round in their “dream match”.
How did the media report it?
First off, GMA Network’s official telecast in the Philippines is super-delayed as usual. (It is now 2:15 pm in Manila — or more than an hour after Pacman won — but the fight is not yet over in the official telecast.)
An interesting note: ABS-CBN punched GMA big time earlier by beating it with a newsflash on Pacman’s victory prior to the delayed telecast. ABS-CBN’s news website would repeatedly go down due probably to the crush of visitors.
As to post-fight reports now circulating worldwide, they appear to be really harsh on De La Hoya and beaming for Pacquiao.
Just click the links to read the whole articles whose lead paragraphs I’ve compiled for a quick read:
Manny Pacquiao fought a lot bigger than he looked. Oscar De La Hoya simply looked old.Pacquiao dominated his bigger and more famous opponent from the opening bell Saturday night, giving De La Hoya a beating and closing his left eye before De La Hoya declined to come out of his corner after the eighth round.
The fight was so lopsided and De La Hoya looked so inept that it could spell the end for boxing’s richest and most marketable star.
Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao battered the “Golden Boy”, stopping Oscar De La Hoya Saturday night.
Recognized as the No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world, the 29-year-old Pacquiao, considered a sports hero in his native Philippines, pounded De La Hoya throughout the bout and was comfortably ahead on all three scorecards from the judges at the time of the stoppage after the eighth round.
The Oscar De La Hoya/Manny Pacquaio clash which took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night was tabbed by promoters, with fingers firmly crossed, “The Dream Match.” Pundits derided the event, foreseeing a blowout win for De La Hoya. The pundits were wrong, screamingly, shockingly so. Manny Pacquiao blew away a shot De La Hoya, and forced the De La Hoya corner to stop the bout after the eight round of severe punishment. Trainer Nacho Beristain asked Oscar if he wanted one more round, or if he wanted to quit. Oscar chose to end the nightmare evening. It was a wise move; nobody could’ve wanted him to accept more of a beating, as it was apparent that he didn’t have a prayer of a chance to turn the sinking ship around.
Manny Pacquiao produced an astonishing display to stop Oscar De La Hoya after eight rounds of their superfight in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The reigning P4P king disproved the old adage that size matters by moving up three weight divisions in just eight months to hand out a sustained beating to the faded ‘Golden Boy’.
In a cross divisional “Dream Match” fought at welterweight poundage, WBC lightweight champion and pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao (47-3-2, 35 KOs) scored an impressive, one-sided eighth round TKO over legendary six division former champion Oscar De La Hoya (39-5, 30 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The quicker Pacquiao got off to a strong start, connecting with lead straight lefts and continually beating the Golden Boy to the punch. Oscar got untracked a bit in round five landing a good flurry, but Pacquiao regained command in the sixth and battered Oscar on the ropes in the seventh. Oscar’s left eye was swelling shut. It was all Pacquiao in round eight and Oscar’s corner stopped the fight after the eighth.
People called the fight a disgrace. People called the fight a farce. People called the fight a circus. People called the fight a mismatch. It was a mismatch, but the not the kind of mismatch that any person in the sport expected. Tonight, we didn’t see a superstar. We saw a megastar born in the sport. At the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36KOs) stopped Oscar De La Hoya (39-6, 30KOs) after eight rounds of brutal punishment.
Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao stopped Oscar de la Hoya Saturday, defying a disadvantage in size with a brutally dominant performance in their welterweight showdown.
Pacquiao’s speed, power, and precision were too much for De la Hoya, whose left eye was swelling shut as he declined to come out for the ninth round.
With the technical knockout, Pacquiao improved to 48-3 with two drawn and 36 wins inside the distance.
Oscar de la Hoya threw in the towel before the start of the ninth round, giving the huge upset win to Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao’s victory was officially a technical knockout.
Just a year ago, Pacquiao facing de la Hoya appeared an improbable prospect.
Pacquiao’s victory over his iconic opponent on Sunday (Saturday, US time) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas could not have been thinkable in a lifetime.
In a virtual passing of the torch, Pacquiao seized the mantle as boxing’s top draw away from de la Hoya, the acknowledged king of pay-per-view TV
Now, meet boxing’s new Golden Boy.
Manny Pacquiao scored a spectacular technical knockout victory over a heavily outboxed Oscar de la Hoya in their highly anticipated “Dream Match” Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Prior to the stoppage, referee Tony Weeks warned de la Hoya that he will stop the fight if the Golden Boy continues to receive heavy blows from Pacquiao.
But before the ninth round bell tolled, de la Hoya’s corner stopped their fighter from continuing the bout, thus resulting in a TKO win.