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December 08, 2008

Dream Showdown

Pacquiao_de_la_hoya Mike Tyson once said every boxer has a fight plan until he gets punched in the face. Boxing fans saw this truth played out last Saturday night in one of the most memorable fights in boxing history. Swollen and bruised, former U.S. Olympic gold medalist and welterweight world champion Oscar De La Hoya threw in the towel in the eighth round to give the victory to Manny Pacquiao. The fight was considered a dream match to many (including me) because of the David and Goliath comparison. Pacquiao, the smaller opponent, was fighting two divisions above his weight class against superstar De La Hoya. However, the dream fight last Saturday proved that in the boxing ring, size does not matter.

So what’s the spiritual takeaway? Pacquiao is a man of faith. He knows the truth that there’s a bigger power than he. Amidst the jubilation and before he raised his arms in victory, the first thing Pacquiao did when he knew De La Hoya had given up the fight was to go down on his knees for a silent moment of prayer. Clearly he believes that in the boxing match of real life, the size and the power that really matter are God’s.

(Image © The Times Online)

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Good on Pacman but let's keep things in perspective - Oscar was shot...a shell of his former self. Slow, sluggish and hasn't won a meaningful fight for years - Teddy Atlas was right when he said that Oscar always finds a way to lose his big fights. Memorable? Maybe for the beating Pacman gave Oscar but that wasn't so much a 'dream match' than a moneymaker match.

Jason Bruce

There’s no championship title to fight for so there’s really not much at stake for De La Hoya except for the opportunity to redeem himself from his past defeats or have a memorable match before he retires. It’s still all about the money since he owns a guaranteed 60% of the pay-per-view profits whether he wins or loses.

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