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MANILA, Philippines—The biggest boxing match in years is finally set.

Barring last-minute hitches, Oscar De La Hoya, boxing's box office superstar in the past decade, will take on Manny Pacquiao, boxing's hottest commodity today, in what promises to be a $100-million welterweight bout on Dec. 6 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

This was confirmed to the Philippine Daily Inquirer Thursday by Franklin “Jeng” Gacal Jr., Pacquiao's legal counsel, who said in General Santos City that “both parties agreed (to the fight) and were satisfied.”

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Dangerous David Diaz “The Lion Hearted”

After the Pacquiao vs. Diaz fight that also knocked down our servers(34 times), so much praise is being directed towards Manny Pacquiao. As for his opponent, people previously had a handful of not so nice things about him. But yesterday, they realized the stuff that makes the man and changed their minds. They now know that the man eats steel bars for breakfast.

Some previously said that his climb to the top was never with any serious challenge. They added that he badly needs to fight a proven boxer to be able earn his stripes. But after seeing (yesterday) what kind of heart this guy has, they realized that he is far from being second rate. They may hit him with more than enough to kill a bull, but this man will keep on coming and tear them down when they have become weary.

David Diaz was molded to become one of the world’s finest athletes. Starting as an amateur, he won several boxing titles and was selected to represent the United States in the Olympic games. The discipline learned in the Olympic team made him what he is now. Even when enemy bombardments were accurate and heavy, he never backs down. In one of our particles prior to the match, we observed that when in combat, there is only one direction that he takes- forward. That precisely is what he did yesterday. He gallantly advanced , absorbed all blows and never yielded any ground until it was pulled from his feet. It was observed that the blows he got was enough to kill a stallion.

As a true warrior, he never engaged in trash talk. He began this campaign with praises for the opponent during press conferences. He also ended it with the same- nice words for Pacquiao and a humble admission of defeat. That is the kind of sportsman that kids should see on Television. Most of the others should be exiled to the pay per view adult channels.

Pacquiao vs. Diaz

Pacquiao-Diaz (June 28) Promises To Be An Exciting Match


Note: the bout will be on a Saturday night (US time). In Manila, it will be on a Sunday morning.

With just nine days remaining prior to the big match, Pacquiao looks very much in his peak. His latest sparring rounds showed him in tiptop condition. His coach, Freddie Roach was even quoted having said that Pacquiao's punching power has even increased. At this point, there is no mention of his weight but nobody seems to be worrying about it. This is, after all a move to a heavier class, unlike the previous bouts where he had to struggle just to get down to the maximum allowable weight.

Another worrying point for me is the danger of Pacquiao reaching his peak too early. Should that happen, the Pac will be fighting at a point when his body is not in the mood to exert its best. Let us just hope that he will be in his best form come fight night.

David Diaz, on the other hand, confidently declares that he will beat Pacquiao. He pointed to an observation that Manny relaxes and rests after dishing out attacking combinations. That is one possibility that he would like to explore. Of course, there must be other angles of attack that he and his team are looking at. Let us hope that he too will be on his best during the bout. One good thing going for Diaz is the discipline that he has learned with the Olympic Team. Since he has not really fought big game bouts (he will be getting the fattest paycheck of $800,000 on this bout) and therefore, he still has the appetite for victory like a hungry lion.

This will be a big fight. Check out Pacquiao vs. Diaz for:

  1. A comprehensive Pacqiuiao-Diaz Pre fight analysis, a few days before the bout,
  2. A round by round scrutiny,
  3. Paquiao-Diaz fight videos and
  4. A Post fight round up.

Pacquiao vs. Diaz: Who’s Got the Edge?

LATEST UPDATE: Pacquiao vs. Diaz video and round by round analysis

People know what Manny Pacquiao have accomplished. They still remember the humiliation Pacquiao inflicted upon Barrera during his first meeting and a lot more saw the lopsided 2nd match that had the latter refusing to engage. And then there were others, the most notable of which are his victories over Marquez and Morales who on their own are boxing greats.

Digressing a bit, people remember Morales for moving forward, refusing taking a step back, making good an earlier word- Nunca! That made him a darling of the Filipinos who mobs him like a hometown hero. Juan Miguel Marquez, on the other hand, is now being remembered for his bad talk more than his technical fighting abilities. Riding all over town, crying over what he perceives was a bad loss, going to Pacquiao's bout and stealing the show by informally issuing challenges in front of fight fans is a trait that fat middle-aged housekeepers in comedy films do. Well, he may actually have been one in a previous life, if not heading towards that direction in the next one. Let's consult the Tibetan monks about it.

Back to regular programming, not as many people know WBC World lightweight chamion David Diaz and a lot of commentators probably think that he is a small fry. However, one should take note that Diaz is naturally a bigger man, who started in a heavier weight division and is now dominating a lighter category. In contrast, Pacquiao started as a skinny 110 lbs fighter that that like most people maturing becomes heavier and heavier. Diaz therefore, by the scheme of things, seems to be more at home in the territory that the Pac will attempt to encroach.

David Diaz started his career fighting in the heavier welterweight division and fought for the US Olympic boxing team. Later, he moved to the literally lighter “Lightweight division” to become a world champion. As a lightweight, he has only been beaten once and has declared to have learned from it. He then continued to win all succeeding bouts. The string of victories may have made him complacent, reminiscent of a Manny Pacquiao after his first victory over Barrera. But that is probably not the case. Diaz himself declares the upcoming bout as the biggest in his career, one that will take him to the pinnacle of greatness.

Pacquiao's camp likewise thinks Diaz is a multi talented fighter based on the different weapons that he used in taking down various opponents. Diaz has both speed and power that he uses depending on the opponent of the day. Filipinos can only hope that the Pac can withstand his power the way he took Marquez and Morales. If not, Pacquiao should rely on better speed and footwork that is naturally expected from lighter fighters.

One thing though, Diaz had difficulty defeating Erik Morales whom Pacquiao defeated a bit easily on their last outing. Then again, Morales seemed to have difficulty making the weight and looked severely dehydrated prior to his last bout with the Pac. During their first encounter, when Morales was in top form, Pacquiao was the one in trouble.

To top it all, Diaz is evidently the hungrier of the two. In press interviews, he dismisses any talk of a 3rd Pacquiao- Marquez fight and declares that it is his turn. He also agreed to take home the lower purse despite being the title holder in the upcoming fight. Looking at it from a business perspective, Diaz is investing, knowing that a pay cut today, will mean much bigger purses if he will win. The guy is evidently thinking way beyond the upcoming fight.

What strategy can this column dish out for the Pac? For starts, he should test his opponents punch absorption capacity. If the Pac thinks that he can knock Diaz out, he should go for it after softening him up a bit with head and body combinations. If not, he should just box his way around Diaz and keep scoring points to win the bout with a convincing unanimous decision.

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How Not to Handle a Customer Query

My boxing article reminds me of the last time I watched A Pacquiao bout. Having just decided to be a stingy fan, I browsed the cable channels for the schedule of the delayed telecast. Unsuccessful, I dialed the customer service number of my cable service provider. After the a few rings, an automated voice recording guided me through the basic options and after waiting for about 5 minutes, I felt very lucky to have gotten a live operator.

Here's how the conversation transpired…

Operator: Good morning, how may I help you?

Me: Good morning, I just would like to ask the channels that will be showing the Pacquiao match.

Operator: May I have your name please?

Me: This is JD Cruz

Operator: (sound of typing) Mr. Cruz, Will you please spell it?

Me: J…. D…. C r u z.. But wait, if it's the subscriber's name that you are asking, it's my Mom and her full name is ___________

Operator: (typing) __________

Me: Yes, that's it.

Operator: May I have the address please?

Me: It's No # _____, ______, ______ Makati

Operator: (typing) # _____, ______, ______ Makati

Me: Correct.

Operator: Your subscriber number please?

Me: I don't know. I don't have the bill with me

Operator: Sir?

Me: Well, you see.. I am not the one who keeps it.

Operator: We need to know that, sir.

Me: Well, this is not my house, it's my Mom's. Well, I will inherit it someday but right now, it's hers and she's asleep and I don't want to wake her up.

Operator: Sir?

Me: Wait a minute….. STOP!!!!!

Me: I only want to know what channel will be showing the bout. What is so difficult with it? What's your name again please?

Operator: Ah, sir… it will shown on Channel 7

Me: Thank you.

That was a perfect way to ruin a boxing fan's Sunday. Calling only to ask a simple question, I was led to a barrage of questions and the operator appeared unwilling to give the answer had I not sounded irritated and ready to file a compliant.

Is there a law that penalize those who waste customers' time?

Boxing Talk

LATEST UPDATE: Pacquiao-Diaz video and round by round analysis

With tens of thousands of rebels and soldiers, cops and robbers, businessmen and executives, unemployed, gainfully employed, underemployed and over employed setting aside their differences to enjoy Manny Pacquiao's matches, it's proper that this humble site devote pages to what is currently the most popular Filipino sport.

Starting with the this era's most popular boxer in the world, World super featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao will be fighting in a higher weight division and challenging WBC World Lightweight champion David Diaz on June 28 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach claims that Diaz is a dangerous opponent and his 34-1, with 17 TKO's seems to prove it. Some Filipino analysts on the other hand, think that Diaz is an easier pick compared to Marquez.

In my opinion, Manny Pacquiao is moving into dangerous grounds. He started his professional career (1995) in the 106 lbs category (light flyweight) and moved to 112 lbs (flyweight), 122 lbs. (super bantamweight), 126 (featherweight) and currently, super featherweight at 130 lbs. His move to 135 (lightweight) means that he will probably be fighting taller and naturally bigger opponents. That means longer reach, heavier punches and most importantly, higher absorption capacity of his punches.

Manny Pacquio captured the world's attention with his fast and strong punches. At the lower categories, where the opponents are smaller, their bodies' natural padding was no match for his punches. But as Pacquiao keeps on getting heavier, the new opponents should be able to take heavier hits and dish out stronger punches of their own. Maybe, Pacquiao can take their punches as easily as he took Barrera and Marquez' blows. Maybe, Pacquio's punches will still be too much for the new jaws that will receive it. Whatever it will be, we still do not know. This fight should be interesting to watch.

In other Boxing weight divisions (categories), the spectacular IBF world flyweight champion Nonito Donaire is hoping that he will get another match soon. He is in top shape but no high prize match has yet been finalized.

WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa, who's considered to be a perfect technical fighter will get the fight of his dreams as WBO Super bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce de Leon agreed to a second bout. Penalosa narrowly lost to Ponce de Leon during their first bout with some analysts saying that the match should have been decided in Gerry's favor. The next match is expected to become a crowd drawer and high prized and should be good for Penalosa who at 35 is being seen as close to retirement.

Update: Who’s got the Edge?