Pacquiao vs. Mayweather?

With Ricky Hatton clearly out of the way, people are looking forward to seeing the current pound for pound king- Manny Pacquiao get into the ring against the retired, undefeated and previous P4P king Floyd Mayweather, Jr., also known as PBF (Pretty Boy Floyd).

Here’s a teaser clip.

Pacquiao Easily Dominates Hatton

The much awaited bout between the world’s pound for pound king of boxing and the undefeated fighter at the 140 lbs weight category came to a very unexpected end. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao knocked British Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton twice in the first round and once more in the second round to end the match.

Here are the highlights of the Pacquiao vs. Hatton fight video.

Hatton tried to press Pacquiao by persistently moving forward and using dirty tactics. He also was on the lookout for Pacquiao’s famed left punches. Much to Hatton’s dismay, Paquiao bombed him with his newly developed right hook that made him fall forward like a rag doll. He survived the referee’s count but was once again tagged with a solid left that knocked him silly at the end of the round.

Saved by the bell, he tried to press forward on the second round but the Pacman knowingly had him caged. Now wary of both Pacquiao’s right and left, he evidently was caught unprepared. Pacquiao feigned his surprise right and planted his left foot to the rear. The wary Hatton bit his trap and moved to avoid the right hand that knocked him a couple of minutes earlier. With full force, Manny Pacquiao unleashed his killer left and Hatton fell backwards. He ended with both hands by his side like a man inside a box.

The referee never bothered to count and declared Pacquiao as the winner. The stunned fans of the hitman was silent as ring doctors rushed to revive Hatton. After several minutes, Hatton was able to get up and walk unaided.

Pacquiao says this bout is of equal significance as the Pacquiao vs. De la Hoya and the Pacquiao Diaz. What’s next, Pacquiao vs. Mayweather?

Pacquiao Dominates De la Hoya better than the way he fought Diaz


Note: Post fight taped analysis at the bottom of this post.

If Manny was very dominant during Pacquiao vs. Diaz, the Pacquiao De la Hoya match proved to be several notches easier. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao landed almost one of every two power punches thrown and he threw a lot!

Oscar “the Golden Boy” De la Hoya seemed unhurt during the first few rounds but was unable to land any blow that visibly hurt Manny Pacquiao. And whenever De la Hoya landed anything, Pacquiao quickly backpedaled, duck and make a side step to deprive Oscar De la Hoya of any follow up shot. Pacquiao was too fast that even before de la Hoya could recoil from his power shots, he had already move forward diagonally and was already at De la Hoya’s back.

Pacquiao’s speed made De la Hoya look very slow.

Towards the middle of the scheduled fight, Pacquiao even invited De la Hoya to hit him. By the end of the 5th round, Pacquiao pummeled him with rapid blows. De la Hoya’s knees buckled and one more shot and he could have gone down. One could actually claim that he was saved by the bell.

After round 5, it became evident that De la Hoya was getting hurt.

There were also instances when De la Hoya was unable to hit back and spent the time recoiling from Pacquiao’s punches. It was like a prisoner being tortured and afraid to hit back. At a certain point, the referee even threatened to stop the fight if De la Hoya will be unable to fight back.

At the start of round 9, De la Hoya surrendered and walked towards the Pacman to congratulate him.

The De la Hoya Pacquiao fight video was shown live and a record will be uploaded immediately after it becomes available.

Congratulations Pacman! And other than a bruised ego, I hope De la Hoya will be fine. These type of entertainment, in my opinion, is bringing us back to the days of the Colliseo, where gladiators butchered one another, to the delight of the crowds.

The Philippines is Truly United and Crime Free Today as Pacquiao Brawls with De la Hoya


Note: The Pacquiao De la Hoya Video and round by round updates are here. Please click the De la Hoya Pacquiao Banner at the right side of this page.

Today, the entire Philippines, all 80 million of its residents are fully united. All politicians, whether for or anti government are at peace, Soldiers and insurgents have both declared a cease of operations and street criminals and even hookers are not at work. The entire country, every square inch of it, is 100% safe and crime free today!

They are all going to watch or listen to the live telecast of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Oscar De la Hoya Dream Match. Never has the country been as united as they are, every time Pacquiao steps into the ring. The busy streets that are notorious for its monstrous traffic jams are empty. Look outside the office buildings and you will see the parking lots- empty.

That's the kind of effect that Manny Pacquiao has. Even his political opponents spend money just to be able to watch and honestly cheer for him. As the Dream Match rages, this website is providing live updates. Punch by punch, round by round, you will read it here.

Monitor the Pacquiao De la Hoya bout and contribute to the reduction of gas emissions and tranquility in the Philippines. Let us just hope that this peace and unity will last longer than the last time and not at the expense of Pacquiao or De la Hoya's health. May the best man win. May they stay healthy after this.

De la Hoya Vs. Pacquiao “Dream Match”: Pre Fight Analysis and Live Coverage

Note: Be up to date with all the spot developments. Please click here to find Pacquiao De la Hoya Live Update.

Armed with lessons learned from the highly successful Pacquiao Vs. Diaz fight. WazzupManila prepares to cover the upcoming dream match.

With barely a month to go before the De la Hoya vs. Pacquiao “Dream Match”, has started to give minute by minute updates regarding the state of both fighters.

Pacquiao – De la Hoya Pre Fight Analysis

At this point, “Golden Boy” Oscar De la Hoya is perceived as the stronger and taller fighter with the bigger ability to absorb punches. The much shorter and lighter Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao however, is widely acknowledged to be faster, more agile and has more stamina. Should the fight last the distance, a Pacquiao victory on points is predicted. On the earlier rounds however, De la Hoya is seen to be more dangerous among the two and he is expected to use his reach and height advantage to inflict that knockout punch.

There are doubts whether Pacquiao's strength would be enough to inflict damage against the much bigger De la Hoya but Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach assures that they have more than enough. In fact, Roach predicts a win via knockdown within 9 rounds. Pacquiao also bared his strategy to use his strength and attack the ribs of De la Hoya in order to weaken him. That strategy seems to be sound as De la Hoya was once downed through a punch in the abdomen.

The Pacquiao De la Hoya Video will be shown in the site, when available, just like the Pacquiao Diaz fight that was covered exhaustively in the linked page. Visit this site regularly and even during the fight night. Round by round analysis as well as blow-by-blow accounts will be posted here. The round by round updates will be uploaded after every round while spot (blow-by-blow) accounts will be instantly posted through an interface with mobile technology.

Please stay tuned all as we witness the fight of the year.

Please click on this link to see the latest regarding Pacquiao Vs. De la Hoya.

Nonoy Baclao Wins Coveted Championsip MVP

With the Blue Eagle’s sweep of the UAAP Season 71 championsip, Ateneo’s Nonoy Baclao won the coveted championship Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. Baclao’s award is a rarity for it is not usual for MVP’s to be given to a defensive player. His dominance of the court, however, left no doubt to his prowess as the best player of the pressure packed finals. With that win, Baclao will be a name to watch for he will still be playing in the next UAAP season.

Other awardees include teammates Rabeh al-Hussaini who was earlier awarded as the entire season’s MVP. Al-Hussaini and outgoing Ateneo veteran Chris Tiu were both named to the All-UAAP team together with La Salle's Rico Maierhofer and JV Casio and UST's Jervy Cruz, the MVP last year.

Ateneo freshman phenom Ryan Buenafe, was awarded the Rookie of the Year.

Related: Ateneo wins the UAAP Season 71 championship

Ateneo beats La Salle and Wins the UAAP Season 71 Championship (62~51)

The Ateneo Blue Eagles led all the way but it was a pressure packed match. La Salle’s championship experience and determination was so evident that the game could have ended either way. From a high 15 points, the lead went down to 6 at the end of the 3rd quarter of Game 2 in the best of three (finals) and the momentum seemed to have shifted for De la Salle.

Pressure, however, proved to be too much, despite Ateneo’s limited field goals, La Salle was unable to take advantage and got into foul trouble. The Blue Eagles was able to add points only via free throws, but La Salle sunk only one desperate shot. When the game was left with only a little more than 2 minutes, the 2nd of De la Salle’s best players fouled out and it became an easy game for Ateneo. La Salle was able to sink only one shot after that and their desperation became very magnified.

The win gave the Ateneo the first 4th consecutive win over arch rival De la Salle (in Basketball) and only one loss in the entire UAAP Season 71.

Atenean Nonoy Baclao was given the most valuable player award for the championship games.

Pacquiao vs. De la Hoya: A Dream Mismatch?

UPDATE: Pacquiao Vs De la Hoya Fight Updates (Summary, round by round analysis, videos, etc.)

Promoter Bob Arum says it all started as a fantasy. Nobody thought that the idea would ever be taken seriously. Now, it had become the match that it is, a glaring $100 million dollar deal that is greater than any other that boxing ever had. Pacquiao vs. De la Hoya Tickets are officially priced at $1,500, $1,000, $750, $500 and $250 but because of high demand and bulk purchases, the retail prices are expected to go as much as $42,000.

However, a lot boxing insiders are asking if the fight be worth its hype.

Initially, there were apprehensions whether Oscar De la Hoya can cope with the Pacman. They say that Manny Pacquiao is perhaps too young and much faster than what De la Hoya can handle. When Golden Boy Promotion's CEO was interviewed a few weeks ago, he said something like the Pacman is different from the fighters that they want Oscar to fight. The others are said to attack only from one direction- the front door. Pacquiao, however, enters and exits from the front, side, back and any other door, making him very difficult to predict.

But now that the fight night is getting closer, a lot of people are saying otherwise. These naysayers however, speak with good authority and should not be taken lightly. The first is De la Hoya's on/off and quite expensive trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr. Acknowledged as one of the best boxing trainers, he declared that Pacquiao will be an easy pick for De la Hoya and that any coach will suffice for Oscar (in the upcoming fight). According to Mayweather Sr., the fight will end as soon as the first of De la Hoya's left hook lands.

Others include Massachusetts State Boxing Commission chair Daniel Fitzgerald who declares that the difference in height makes him not want to see the fight, World Boxing Council president Jose Sulaiman who calls the De la Hoya Pacquiao fight a “Circus” and the numerous regulars of online boxing forums. One suggests that the title “Dream Match” be corrected to “Fraud” while another says that the more appropriate is “Dream Mismatch”.

Whatever the most fitting fight title is, one thing is for sure. The fight night has been scheduled and the two fighters will meet. Let us see what the end will be like.

How do you like Reema Chanco to serve you fine Italian Yogurt?

The White Hat and Reema Chanco work together for CHARITY

On September 27, 2008 (Saturday), customers who visit THE WHITE HAT at the MALL OF ASIA will get a Triple Treat. First, upon their purchase, they get to enjoy a cup of super delicious and healthy Italian frozen yogurt. Second, they will be personally served by celebrity-host, NIKE athlete, and animal advocate REEMA CHANCO. And Third, their purchase will help support the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

This is the second charity event hosted by THE WHITE HAT as part of its social responsibility program called CELEBRITY-FOR-CHARITY.

“Our company cares very much about our customers. We make sure that we serve the best –tasting yogurt from Italy made from fresh milk in a clean hygienic environment. Our yogurt is guaranteed to have live active yogurt cultures (called Probiotics) which promote health. We also give our customers a selection of more than 21 healthy premium toppings. And then, we try to give back to the community by inviting celebrities who volunteer to wear our uniform and serve customers, for which we donate 50% of the day's proceeds to their favourite charity. It's great fun for the celebrity & fun for our loyal customers. It's a great feeling to know that you are helping others at the same time. Plus, I love this event because I'm also a dog-lover, having 3 dogs at home” said Eric Chao, marketing manager of THE WHITE HAT.

Reema Chanco will be your celebrity waitress to promote animal welfareReema Chanco is a familiar face on TV. Not only is she a NIKE athlete, she recently hosted the Beijing Olympics coverage on Solar Sports and is one of the hosts of 3R, a popular women empowerment program on TV5. Active in sports and passionate about animals, REEMA and her two dogs, Sasha & Sophie, have been supporting PAWS for several years already.

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was founded in 1954 and have already made great strides in pursuance of their mission to prevent suffering in animals and to promote a society based on humane principles. The PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC) houses over 100 dogs and cats rescued from cruelty and neglect. The facility is solely dependent on donations and fund-raising activities such as this to keep it running.

So if you love to eat healthy, drop by THE WHITE HAT at the Mall of Asia on September 27 and help make a difference in the lives of the animals in the PAWS Shelter.

Oscar De la Hoya: Boxing’s Golden Boy


For this year’s upcoming boxing match of the century (De La Hoya vs Pacquiao), let us get to know the protagonists in order to come up a good pre fight analysis and accurately determine the chances of both fighters. Here is Oscar De La Hoya.

Oscar de la Hoya is a pugilist whose killer's instincts are embedded past his bone and anchored deeply into his spirit. Having a grandfather and father as boxers, Oscar was mentally conditioned to fight since the day of his birth. Having eaten and breathed boxing until he became a man, it is no wonder that he and his brother both pursued pugilism until they attained perfection.

Yes, that's the kind of fighter Oscar de la Hoya is. During the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, he saved the United States from being locked out of the boxing medals count by winning the only US boxing gold. That he did spectacularly- via knockout!

As an amateur, he won five gold medals in the most prestigious competitions. Overall, he won 223 amateur bouts (163 via Knockouts) and lost only five. As a professional, he won 10 world titles in 6 different boxing weight classes /categories, proclaimed fighter of the year (1995) and Ring Magazine's Pound for pound fighter (1997), defeated 19 current or former world champions towards the attainment of a record 39 wins and 5 losses (30 KO's).

His professional career started, on November 23, 1992, as a super featherweight, where he won the WBO championship on his 12th bout. He added a few pounds and won the WBO lightweight crown (Pacquiao's current belt) on July 29, 1994. He unified the title in spectacular fashion and moved on to 140 pounds in 1996 where he continued being impressively lethal.

He moved to the 147 lbs division (the weight class where he will fight with Pacquiao) where he seized the title from Pernell Whitaker and defended it for seven times before losing it in a controversial decision on September 18, 1999. He was defeated in his attempt to regain the title (against another opponent) almost a year later but he moved to the Junior Middleweight class two years later and won spectacularly against Fernando Vargas ( via TKO).

End of first Installment.

To be continued…