Pacquiao following bravely in steps of other lighter-weight greats
Pound-for-pound king, a five-division titlist and a throwback to the golden era of boxing, Manny Pacquiao is doing it all inside the ring.
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LAS VEGAS -- When Oscar De La Hoya outpointed Javier Castillejo to win the junior middleweight championship on June 23, 2001, nobody had a clue that an obscure undercard fighter -- Manny Pacquiao -- seven weight divisions below would figure so prominently in the Golden Boy's future.And in boxing history. Seven years later, Pacquiao is on the verge of entering rare air with a victory against De La Hoya on Saturday night (HBO PPV, 9 ET) in the same ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena where he and De La Hoya won that night. On that night, De La Hoya weighed 154 pounds when he dominated Castillejo to wrest the title. Pacquiao, virtually unknown to boxing fans outside of his native Philippines, made a spectacular American debut. He was a late replacement when he blew out highly regarded 122-pound junior featherweight titlist Lehlo Ledwaba in six devastating rounds. The victory launched Pacquiao, a former flyweight champion (112 pounds), to stardom. Separated from each other by 32 pounds that night, the two fighters' eventual meeting hadn't even been contemplated, but now they'll battle at the same weight Saturday. And if Pacquiao, the pound-for-pound king and only a slight underdog, wins the welterweight showdown, it would be his third win of the year in a third weight class, including two title victories.
|De La Hoya-Pacquiao|
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|Two Title Fights, One Night|
|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|
|De La Hoya-Pacquiao|
|Oscar De La Hoya might be the bigger fighter, but who is the harder puncher? Which fighter has the better corner? How will the fight play out? Visit 12 Rounds for a complete breakdown of Saturday's contest.|