What if the most talk about dream match-up between Manny Pacquiao and Oscar dela Hoya came into fruition ? it will be one hell of a spectacular bout that would generate an undeniable attraction not only for the die-hard boxing fans but also from curious enthusiasts. They say it's the mismatch of the century because of their height discrepancy, yeah right but didn't I said before (in one of my previous postings here at PB) that Manny Pacquiao is the new Bruce Lee, meaning Manny can easily adapt to the fighting style of a taller opponent or any fighter with two arms and two legs.
One example that Bruce Lee brought to the screen was Lee's movie fight with NBA (7 feet 2 inches) legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Yeah it's only a movie (Game of Death) but that's beside the point. What I am trying to say is, based on the philosophy of Bruce Lee, the ability to adapt to your opponent's fighting style can result to a better outcome of your goal. Easily, Manny Pacquiao has adapted to the different fighting style of his numerous opponent and time and again he has proven that the philosophy of Bruce Lee is simply the honest truth. Quickness and punching power are just a few arsenal of the Pacman, it's his timing and the ability to read his opponent's mind based on movements is an added plus.
Here's a photo that shows the height discrepancy of Manny Pacquiao's to Oscar dela Hoya's
Photo taken by my brother Darwin during the Pacquiao vs. Barrera II weigh-ins with Bob Arum and Oscar dela Hoya at their sides.
Remember that current WBC lightweight champ Manny Pacquiao started his boxing career at 106 lbs. while Oscar dela Hoya started his boxing career at lightweight at 140 lbs. , not only the height discrepancy that's considered a mismatch but their natural weight also comes into play here. If the bout will materialized , the agreed weight limit for both boxers is 147 lbs., the age factor is not on dela Hoya's side here, he's 36 and past his prime while Manny Pacquiao at 29 is currently at his prime. Oscar dela Hoya has a powerful left hook while Manny Pacquiao is quicker with a devastating punching power.
If ever the fight would materialized, this could be Manny Pacquiao highest payday, a cool $20,000,000 for the Pacman. Win or lose, the Pacman is the clear winner here, and indirectly the Philippine stock market may be on a positive note. Here's hoping for that dream fight to come true. Amen.