Manny Pacquiao Destroyed Oscar De La Hoya In 'The Round That Ended His Career'
Manny Pacquiao brutally destroyed Oscar De La Hoya in the eighth round of their fight which 'ended De La Hoya's career'.
The duo faced off in 2008 and it was billed as 'The Dream Match' between two of boxing's biggest talents.
It's the fight that cemented Pacquiao as a worldwide star and saw the older De La Hoya pass the proverbial torch to the next generation.
'Pac-Man' was arguably in control for the entire fight but he begun to smell blood in the eighth round.
He managed to rock De La Hoya at the end of the previous round and what followed was four minutes of ruthless striking.
Every swing from then 29-year-old Pacquiao had conviction and the Mexican-American fighter wasn't sure how to respond.
The final flurry of the round saw the Filipino back De La Hoya into a corner were he unloaded a barrage of shots.
However, he showed commendable sportsmanship by backing out of the corner and allowing his opponent to gather his bearings.
10 years ago today Manny Pacquiao laid a beating on Oscar De La Hoya #OnThisDay pic.twitter.com/ew903h8YWq
- Against The Ropes (@ATRboxinguk) December 6, 2018
Despite this, referee Tony Weeks ruled the contest to be over and Pacquiao was declared victor via corner retirement.
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De La Hoya never fought again and it was curtains on a career that spanned over 15 years.
The multiple time champion praised Pacquiao back in 2018 and said he's probably the best he ever fought.
"Probably Pacquiao," De La Hoya, said when asked by the Manila Times per Boxing Scene who was the best fighter he faced.
The six division champion went on to praise his former rival's conditioning and said he 'appreciated' fighting him.
"I think his determination, his conditioning, his skill, his power, his speed, his footwork. He was probably one of the fighters I've most appreciated."
It's high praise from a man who's mixed it up with some of the sports biggest names, such as Floyd Mayweather and Ricardo Mayorga.
Pacquiao is still going strong and recently made history by becoming the first man to be a champion in four different decades.
The 41-year-old legend is the current WBA welterweight champion after stunning Keith Thurman in July 2019.
It means that Pacquiao has now achieved the stunning feat of being a champion in the 90's, 00's, 10's and 20's.
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