Pacquiao dominated match with De La Hoya

By Francis Ochoa
Philippine Daily Inquirer

LAS VEGAS?The joke that went around the press room during the post-fight ceremonies of the ?Dream Match? won in dominating fashion by Manny Pacquiao over Oscar De La Hoya was that the only rounds the Pacman failed to gobble up were the ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th.

The punchline was a mere heartbeat away from the truth.

The three judges who scored the fight Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena had Pacquiao leading by a margin that seemed too large to overhaul after eight rounds, even for someone of De La Hoya?s boxing pedigree.

Stanley Christodoulou had it 79-72, while both Adalaide Byrd and Dave Morreti scored 80-71, all in favor of the Filipino boxing superstar. And to accentuate the Pacman?s domination of the bout, all three of them scored the big seventh round 10-8 despite no knockdowns scored there.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer here, meanwhile, had it at 79-72.

The numbers crunched out by Compubox backed the ones that appeared on the scorecards.

Pacquiao threw more punches during the bout, 585-402, and connected on more of them, 224-83, giving trainer Freddie Roach the chance to go I-told-you-so on his pre-fight proclamation that the Golden Boy could ?no longer pull the trigger.?

?Manny had a lot to do with it,? Roach said after the fight. ?He was moving so well, getting in, unloading punches and then getting out that Oscar really didn?t know where he was at times.?

The stats on the power punches were even more telling.

Pacquiao threw 333 punches and rocked De La Hoya with 195 of them for a 59-percent clip. De La Hoya, on the other hand, unloaded 164 power punches and connected on 51 for a paltry 31 percent.

Over the last three rounds, the ones that forced Nacho Beristain to mercifully wave the white flag, Pacquiao was even more overwhelming in his dominance. He connected 97 times there against just 21 by De La Hoya, who didn?t have much of a target to work with, what with Pacquiao moving in and out and weaving side to side all night.

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