Pac-Man is no game for de la Hoya
Manny 'Pac-Man' Pacquiao is widely acknowledged as the best pound for pound boxer in the world but even he may be out of his depth against 'The Golden Boy' Oscar de la Hoya.
Pacquiao, managed by de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, finds himself in an unfamiliar position of outsider as he prepares to fight box office legend de la Hoya as a welterweight.
Given Pac-Man won his first career belt as a 112lb flyweight it is obvious that people will doubt his chances in the 147lb welterweight bout, however the little Filipino is sure to give the Golden Boy a few frights along the way.
Alongside trainer Freddie Roach he has moved through the weights with ease with his last loss coming in 2005 against Erik Morales, a man he has since beaten twice, in the super featherweight category, but this could be one step too far.
De la Hoya is the man for the big occasion and with his skill, strength and pace he should have enough to see off Pacquiao, however nobody expects it to be easy for the aging superstar.
Oscar de la Hoya is priced at 4/9 to win, which could ultimately prove good value, while Pacquiao at 13/8 looks fairly short to manage a result that would be seen as a massive shock.
The most interesting price could be 11/8 about de la Hoya to win on points given that Pac-Man has not been stopped since 1999.
Tale of the tape - how do these two fighters' statistics compare?
|Oscar de la Hoya
|The Golden Boy
|East Los Angeles, CA, USA||Birth place||Kimbawe, Philippines
|4 February 1973||Birth date||17 December 1978
|5 ft 10 in||Height||5 ft 6.5 in|