December 5, 2008
By Steve Galindo III
5 things to watch for during tomorrow night’s “Dream Match” between Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao
5) He’s a Vicious one: He’s only 21, yet “Vicious” Victor Ortiz has been picked by the golden boy himself, to carry the torch when Oscar De La Hoya finally decides to retire. Ortiz will take on Jeffrey Resto on the under card of tomorrow night’s main event. Victor served as a sparring partner to De La Hoya for his fight with Pacquiao, and was even rumored to have given “the golden boy” a black eye in the process. Fighting out of Oxnard, Ca, Ortiz has accumulated a superb record of 22-1 with 17 wins coming by way of knockout. Don’t blink as this match will probably not last very long.
4) Will Nacho finally be Libre? There is no love lot between Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain and Freddie Roach, the two trainers in tomorrow night’s main event. So far, Freddie Roach has gotten the best of old Nacho. Manny Pacquiao, Roach’s prized fighter has defeated Nacho’s pupil Juan Manuel Marquez two times, and most recently Roach’s middleweight Craig McEwan, knocked out Nacho’s Juan Carlos Sanchez in three rounds. Nacho will look to get the monkey off his back, and has his best chance of doing so with Oscar De La Hoya.
3) Is Roach right about Mexicans supporting Manny? When the “Dream Match” was announced, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach stated that “true” Mexicans would support Pacquiao. Roach might be right, as the majority of fight fans here in San Diego seem to be favoring Pacquiao. Even fighters such as the Legendary Julio Cesar Chavez, Antonio Margarito, Erik Morales, and Marco Antonio Barrera have thrown their support behind Pacquiao.
2) Another Mexi-cution? Like it, or not, Manny Pacquiao has gained the nickname of the Mexi-cutioner for his dominance over Mexican fighters. Out of his last thirteen fights, twelve of them have been against Mexican fighters, and he has defeated them all. Oscar De La Hoya will look to put an end to the streak tomorrow night. In case Oscar is not able to defeat Pacquiao. We might have to call on Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola to put an end to the madness.
1) Can he pull the trigger? Does Oscar De la Hoya still have what it takes to score a knockout of the smaller Manny Pacquiao? Freddie Roach doesn’t think so. Roach as many others believe that at 35 years old, De La Hoya is a shot fighter. De La Hoya’s last knockout came just over two years ago, against Ricardo Mayorga. Many became skeptical of De La Hoya’s abilities when he failed to knockout the smaller Steve Forbes this past May.
Lights Out! Merriman backing Pacquiao?
San Diego Chargers All Pro Linebacker Shawne lights out Merriman is a fan of the Pac-Man. In a recent segment on ESPN.Com, Merriman stated that Pacquiao was his favorite fighter. “He fights like I play on the field, he slugs it out leaves everything in the ring.”
Want to see De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao? Got 24,000
San Diego ticket agency Atlas Tickets is selling front row seats for tomorrow night’s fight at the MGM Grand for $24,000 a seat. Are we still in a recession?
· Instead of paying $24,000 or the $55.00 fee to watch the fight, Agave Grill 625 H St in Chula Vista will be showing the fight starting at 4:00pm.
Pacquiao Pac-Man t-shirt
5&aDime Streetwear/Urban clothing in Downtown San Diego, has made a special t-shirt in support of Manny Pacquiao. The T-shirt is available at their store on 828 G St or online at 5andadime.com