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Well, it's 9:12 am on this side of the world. :D

Let's start it off with some good news, shall we?

[URL=http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20081208-176686/Pacquiao-TKOs-De-La-Hoya-in-8th]Pacquiao TKOs De La Hoya in 8th [/URL]

LAS VEGAS, Nevada—If there are still doubts whether Manny Pacquiao deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as boxing’s greatest heroes, they were obliterated on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila).

Flaunting tremendous punching power and blinding hand speed, Pacquiao pummeled Oscar De La Hoya to submission, hammering out an eighth-round TKO victory at the MGM Grand’s Garden Arena here to notch the biggest victory of his career.

De La Hoya, his left eye closed shut as he sat on his stool, offered no complaints when his corner decided he had had enough. He got up and walked to the center of the ring to congratulate the victor.

“You’re still my idol,” Pacquiao told him.

“No, you’re my idol,” De La Hoya said.

Pacquiao earned his biggest purse ever, 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 were totaled up.

“I was connecting with everything, he was connecting with nothing,” Pacquiao later said after a crushing, dominating performance at a higher weight level that left a battered fallen legend in its wake.

As sweeping as that statement may seem, his smashing performance on top of the ring in front of more than 16,000 fight fans and a worldwide television audience made it sound like an understatement.

Unloading volume power punches at a blurry pace, Pacquiao clobbered De La Hoya relentlessly until the corner of boxing’s longtime poster boy could take no more, asking referee Tony Weeks to stop the fight before the ninth-round bell.


While a lot of us here were expecting Manny to win, I didn't think he'd bulldoze Dela Hoya that badly :eek:


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