He lost to both of then – though his encounter with Mayweather on May 5, 2007 was at least competitive. So competitive in fact, that one judge scored the fight in De La Hoya’s favor.
Why De La Hoya stopped working off his jab that night, will always be a mystery.
There was no mystery in what happened to De La Hoya when he tangled with Pacquiao on December 6, 2008. Pacquiao did whatever he wanted. He outworked, outpunched, and outdid De La Hoya in every possible way. The result was eight rounds of pummeling before his corner stopped the fight
Recently, De La Hoya discussed a potential mega-fight between his vanquishers, Messrs. Mayweather and Pacquiao.
“We’ve worked with Mayweather now for the last six of his fights,” said De La Hoya during a recent interview with NBC Sports Network. “Great fighter, great athlete, great reflexes. I think stylistically, Mayweather has the upper hand because of the fact that he’s faster and that he’s more precise. Pacquiao, he’s a machine. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a tremendous fighter. It would be a tremendous fight. But I would give the edge to Mayweather.”
Mayweather, 35, looked good in defeating Miguel Cotto two months ago in Las Vegas. Though some feel he may be slowing down, this boxing scribe (who was there) doesn’t agree. Mayweather fights the way Mayweather feels like. He felt like rumbling with Cotto that night.
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