Fight with Pacquiao is personal for De La Hoya
Hey, Manny Pacquiao, remember when you signed with Golden Boy, only to renege and sign with Top Rank days later? Oscar De La Hoya does, too -- and he intends to make you pay for it Saturday.
Originally Published: December 3, 2008By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
E:60 Feature Thrilla
E:60 Feature Thrilla
E:60 features the story on the rise of Manny Pacquiao and how he's about to explore in the US if he beats Oscar De La Hoya in December.
LAS VEGAS -- Isn't it funny how things work out sometimes?After all, it was only a little more than two years ago, in September 2006, that a fight with Manny Pacquiao was the furthest thing from Oscar De La Hoya's mind. De La Hoya was in the midst of a year-long break from boxing following his fight with Ricardo Mayorga. His match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. hadn't even been made yet. De La Hoya was instead focused on promoting Pacquiao, not fighting him, after signing the Filipino icon to a seven-fight contract with De La Hoya's company, Golden Boy Promotions. Ultimately, Pacquiao never fought for Golden Boy and, after many twists and turns, boxing's most bankable star (De La Hoya) and the pound-for-pound king (Pacquiao) will meet in an unlikely welterweight showdown, the year's biggest fight, at the MGM Grand on Saturday night (HBO PPV, 9 p.m. ET). After everything that happened, De La Hoya is still somewhat surprised the fight is happening.
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|TV lineup for the Golden Boy Promotions/Top Rank card Saturday night (HBO PPV, 9 ET) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas: • Welterweights: Oscar De La Hoya (39-5, 30 KOs) vs. Manny Pacquiao (47-3-2, 35 KOs), 12 rounds • Junior welterweights: Victor Ortiz (22-1-1, 17 KOs) vs. Jeff Resto (22-2, 13 KOs), 12 rounds • Junior featherweights: Juan Manuel Lopez (23-0, 21 KOs) vs. Sergio Medina (33-1, 18 KOs), for Lopez's title • Super middleweights: Daniel Jacobs (12-0, 11 KOs) vs. Victor Lares (14-3, 3 KOs), 8 rounds|