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Pacquiao pounds on De La Hoya

Las Vegas- After the eight round Del La Hoya was sitting in the corner with a swollen left eye, and a bruised face. Manny Pacquiao seemed able to land almost at will.

My heart still wants to fight, that’s for sure,” De La Hoya said. “But when your physical doesn’t respond, what can you do? I have to be smart and make sure I think about my future plans.”

Pacquiao gave De La Hoya a lot to think about by beating him around the ring for eight rounds before De La Hoya declined to answer the bell for the ninth round. The domination was shocking enough, but the fact that it came at the hands of a fighter who just nine months earlier had been fighting at 129 pounds had to be even more troubling for De La Hoya and his legions of fans. His fans where sure disappointed.Del La Hoya was taken to the hospital after the fight.

Roach trained De La Hoya in his last big fight a year ago and said then that De La Hoya simply couldn't’t throw punches when he needed to anymore.

“Freddie, you’re right,” De La Hoya told the trainer after the fight. “I just don’t have it anymore.”

Pacquiao was credited with landing 224 of 585 punches to just 83 of 402 for De La Hoya.
De La Hoya not only dropped down to fight for the first time at 147 pounds in seven years, but actually came into the ring unofficially weighing less than Pacquiao. Both fighters got on scales in their dressing rooms and De La Hoya was 147 while Pacquiao was 148 and a half.
Pacquiao will earn a guaranteed $11 million, while De La Hoya was expected to make at least twice that by the time all the pay-per-view revenues are totaled up.


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