MANILA, Philippinesâ€”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 $100-million welterweight bout on Dec. 6 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
This was confirmed to the Philippine Daily Inquirer Thursday by Franklin Jeng Gacal Jr., Pacquiao's legal counsel, who said in General Santos City that both parties agreed (to the fight) and were satisfied.
Pacman KOed Diaz on the 9th round after inflicting heavy punishment using both left and right fists. Pacman is hardly hurt. Diaz will need medical supervision after this, in my opinion. The beating was that bad.
This is the complete Pacquiao vs. Diaz fight video:
“He was so f$%^n fast. man. What the f—k. I mean, what the heck?”- David Diaz
Round by round updates:
Round 1: Manny lands heavy bombs from both left and right. Diaz refuses to go down but unable to land any clear shot.
Round 2: Manny demonstrates lethal effectiveness of his right jabs using it to stop Diaz attacks. Diaz is unable to land effective counters and Pacquiao’s right left combination caused a cut on Diaz’ right eyebrow.
Third Round: Diaz starts to fight back but unable to land anything worth mentioning. His absorption capacity though is tremendous. Pacquiao's left has not lost any strength with the increase in weight and his right hand now is surprisingly strong and very fast. Despite that, Diaz remains standing.
Fourth Round: Pacquiao was very fast. His punches were also very crisp. Diaz bled but still moved like he was unhurt except when Pac's right jabs found him.
Fifth Round: Pcquiao starts using his left. Diaz continues to fight back, doesn't go down but still, was unable to land or hurt the Pac.If it were against lesser mortals like Juan Manuel Marquez, the fight would have ended 2 rounds ago.
Sixth Round: Diaz started fighting with greater efficiency. However, Pacquiao was much faster and was able to evade him effectively.
Seventh & Eight Round: Pacquiao continues to hammer Diaz and by the middle of the 8th, it became clear that Pacquiao can end the game at any second. Despite was still strong and fighting but his punches were becoming fewer.
Ninth Round: Pacquiao continued to box effectively and after snapping Diaz head with a right jab, he followed with another jab and followed with a left (uppercut?) as Diaz moved his head down. Diaz fell face first and first tried to stand. He simply rolled and was flat on his back on the canvass. Pacquiao ran to his corner and upon realizing that Diaz remains down, went back and tried to help Diaz get up. Officials asked Pacman to go back to his corner and that was the end of the fight.
Pacquiao earns Asia's first 4th world boxing title and his undisputed place as the worlds pound for pound best fighter for this year.
Pacquiao has never boxed so well and most surprising is the newly found strength and speed that effectively kept Diaz at bay for most of the night.
Past articles in this page…
Barely two hours before the big fight, this is our final advice for both of them. Test the absorption capacity of the opponent to your punches and if he is weak, go for the kill.
Pacquiao Vs. Diaz (Lethal Combination): Weight in Results
Moments ago, WBC lightweight champion David Diaz of Chicago came in at 135 lbs while challenger Manny Pacquiao registered 134.5 lbs. Both made the weight and they should now be eating to gain additional poundage. Hopefully, they will not overeat and lose that much needed power, speed, agility and punch absorption capacity.
Last Pre Fight Analysis:
After a short introduction of the protagonists, a point-by-point analysis follows:
MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO:
Manny “Pacman” is the hottest boxer in the world today. Now viewed as the best pound for pound (P4P) fighter after the retirement of Floyd Mayweather, Pacquiao has won 3 world championship belts and will be gunning for his 4th when he fights David Diaz.
Pacquiao is known for his fast and powerful punches and quick lunges. He has beaten at least 3 Boxing Hall of Fame bound Mexican fighters and is also known as a “Mexican Killer”, a moniker that he refuses to acknowledge, saying that only happens to be a lot of Mexican fighters and it is inevitable that he will be fighting many of them. Please scroll down for the fighter's stats.
Pacquiao started his career as a skinny fighter in the 106 lbs class but will now be aiming for the 135 lbs championship crown, held by David Diaz.
DAVID “Dangerous” DIAZ:
David Diaz started his career fighting in the heavier class (light welterweight) and fought for the US Olympic boxing team. He later went down to “Lightweight division” to become a world champion. As a lightweight, he only has one defeat and has declared to have learned from it. Judging from his unbroken string of victories since then, there is no reason to believe that Diaz had become bored and complacent (once more). On the contrary, the upcoming fight with Pacquiao will be his biggest purse so far and this win promises to provide him with a lot more. Please scroll down for the fighter's stats.
PACQUIAO DIAZ MATCH ANALYSIS BASED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
An examination of past David Diaz fight videos will show that the lightweight champion is a slugger. He is a fighter who will move forward and attempt to demolish his opponent face to face. He has been successful a number of times, winning half of his 34 wins via knockouts.
Pacquiao is most known for his ability to knock opponents. Scoring 35 knockouts out of his 46 wins, he is once touted as a man who brought boxing back to the days of the Roman Coliseum for his spectacular knockouts. Whether Pacquiao will be able able to bring his speed up to this lightweight class, we are yet to find out. However, he gives his assurance claiming that he has been sparring with welterweights and has proven to still be effective.
This is the area where David Diaz is widely believed to be lacking. His past fight videos gave the impression that he is slow and simply compensates for it with his power and punching ability. Pacquiao on the other hand, is believed to be the faster warrior.
Pacquiao has shown his ability to take the punches of his opponents including Erik Morales, a man who has not so long ago knocked David Diaz. However, Diaz will be a totally heavier fighter and whether Pacquiao will be able to take his punches, we are yet to find out.
The same thing is true for Diaz. While there is skepticism for Pacquiao's ability to take Diaz's punches, there is also a throng of doubting Thomases who thinks Diaz will be reduced to a pulp by the ferocity and strength of Pacquiao.
Diaz is observed to known to move in only one direction- forward. Pacquiao, on the other hand, is not lacking in footwork.
Diaz plans to attack and match Pacquiao's every punch. He also has instructions to box it out, if ever needed. He also plans to attack during moments when Pacquiao is resting. Diaz observed that Manny relaxes and takes it easy after releasing furious punches.
Pacquiao, on the other hand, wants to bring the fight into Diaz. His coach also believes that his ward has enough power to knock Diaz cold.
This will be a slug fest. Pacquiao will try to knock Diaz on the early rounds and if unsuccessful, he will box and unleash powerful combinations and seriously try to finish Diaz after the 6th round. Diaz, being a well disciplined athlete, will do the same.
The fight will either be nonstop action or an exciting start and end rounds with a war of attrition in between. Who will win? What do you think?
Being a naturally heavier fighter, Diaz seem to lack the speed and agility that is very important for a fighter.
Pacquiao-Diaz: Lethal Combination â€“ For Free
Fight fans in the Philippines can watch Pacquiao Diaz, Lethal Combination LIVE AND FREE on Channel 7 and at Solar Sports. There will also be plenty of reruns of the bout for the next couple of days after the bout. There is also a remote possibility that live and free streaming videos will posted on the internet, we shall make it available here should it occur. The only downside to watching the event for free on public channels are the commercials that will be inserted in between rounds. For those who would like to pay for an uninterrupted viewing, the cable channels are offering it on a pay per view basis. In the Philippines, reserve your slot from your cable provider as soon as possible. When I tried to inquire during the last Pacquiao Barrera match, I was told that all slots were subscribed. In the United States, the match may be viewed on HBO.
Round by round Analysis
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Pacquiao Vs. Diaz: Lethal Combination Videos
Right after the match, we will posting videos as soon as it becomes available.
David “Dangerous” Diaz Fight Video
A preview of David Diaz and his fighting style. This guy is a slugger who likes to push forward. If Pacquiao can successfully take his blows, duck his punches or effectively evade through lateral movements, this will be a slugfest. In my opinion, he doesn’t seem to be as fast and as agile as the Pacman. However, his punches might pack enough power to knock Manny Pacquiao. We will find that out during fight night.
Manny Pacquiao Knockout Compilation Video
In this compilation, Pacquiao is the type who pushes forward and knocks his opponents with his power punches. he also seems to be faster than Diaz. On the other hand, the champion Diaz has a 2 inch reach advantage. If that will spell the difference, we will soon find out.
Paquiao (Pacquiao) by KO!
With just 26 days left before the Pacquiao-Diaz bout, preparations are in full swing in order for both partners to be in top form on the day of the match. Pacquiao is using six topnotch southpaw sluggers for sparring mates that should enable him to predict the moves of lefty champion David Diaz. Diaz, on the other hand, is also in tiptop shape. During a recent fight promotion of the Pacquiao vs. Diaz match, David demonstrated crisp shadowboxing skills to the delight of the crowd. Despite that, Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach predicted nothing less than a knockout in favor of his fighter.
After David Diaz, Pacquiao's next opponent will probably be WBA champion Edwin Valero in Macau (October 2008). In as much as his coach wants a match up with the great Hatton, the direction of both fighters will not permit such match soon.
In regard to the upcoming June 28 bout, both Pacquiao and Diaz have to contend to the disturbances related to promotions. Both prize fighters will be paid handsomely during the match and they have to do their share in drawing the public's interest. The revenue from the bout will largely come from expensive fight tickets and pay per view charges for those who will opt to watch through cable television.
As promised, this site will have a round by round analysis of the Pacquiao-Diaz match and should there be free live streaming videos of Paquiao vs. Diaz bout out there, it shall be seen here.
Pacquiao versus Diaz: Relevant Fighters’ Statistics
Here are the relevant stats of the two warriors who will battle for the World Boxing Council’s Lightweight Crown on June 28,2008 at the Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. A round per round report will be posted in this site.
How do you think the fight will proceed? What do you think will the outcome be?
5′ 6½” (169 cm)
5′ 6” (167 cm)
46-3-2, (w/ 35 KO's)
34-1-1(w/ 17 KO's)
Started Boxing Career as
Professional Light Flyweight(106 lbs)
Amateur Lightwelterweight â€“ US Olympic Team (64 kg or 141 lbs)
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 transpiredâ€¦
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: Jâ€¦. Dâ€¦. 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
Operator: Your subscriber number please?
Me: I don't know. I don't have the bill with me
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.
Me: Wait a minuteâ€¦.. 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, sirâ€¦ 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?
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.