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Philippine Boxer Pacquiao Defeats De La Hoya in Dream Bout
    2008-12-07 16:30:16     Xinhua

Philippine ace boxer Manny Pacquiao defeated American Oscar De La Hoya in the non-title welterweight super fight held in Las Vegas Saturday night, a historic win that will re-define the boxing career of the Filipino national hero who has won four world championship titles.

Pacquiao, 29, won with a technical knockout as Oscar De La Hoya, 35, threw in the towel after being confined to ropes and landed with the Filipino's hard punches in the eighth round.

The whole bout was in Pacquiao's favor as an aging "Golden Boy" De La Hoya was slow and inept to answer the punches of his Filipino rival.

De La Hoya had a puffy left eye and no complaints when he was stopped after eight rounds.

Pacquiao, a national hero to his homeland, considered the bout was the most important fight in his professional career.

"I'm so lucky because I controlled the fight in the first round," Pacquiao told HBO. "That's what we were working on everyday. Speed is the key to the fight. I used it in the fight."

"You're still my idol," Pacquiao told De La Hoya after the victory.

"Now, you're my idol," replied De La Hoya.

After the welterweight fight, dubbed as "dream match", Pacquiao, records 48 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses in his professional career. He now has nine straight wins over Mexican and American top boxers since March 2005.




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