Manny Pacquiao Recalls His Win Over Oscar De La Hoya After the Golden Boy’s Return Announcement

Published 03/31/2021, 5:52 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 19: Manny Pacquiao in the ring during the WBA welterweight championship against Adrien Broner at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Oscar De La Hoya’s comeback is one of the biggest things in the sport right now, and there could be a line of boxers queuing up to face him over some name from the MMA world. However, one name that won’t be facing ‘The Golden Boy’ is the octuple world champion, Manny Pacquiao.

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‘Pac-Man’ was the one to dismantle De La Hoya in the latter’s last fight, after which he embraced retirement. While the Golden Boy CEO is once again trying to enter the ring, Pacquiao recalled his fight against De La Hoya.

He took to social media and posted a brief clip of the bout from 2008. In the video, ‘Pac-Man’ landed a couple of combination punches that connected properly and shook ‘The Golden Boy’.

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In the caption, Manny Pacquiao wrote, “And still couldn’t take me down drained and all. Love you“

That said, Manny Pacquiao is active in the current ride and is looking for the best challenges out there. He is rumored to return against the undefeated WBO champion Terence Crawford next. Meanwhile, 48-year-old De La Hoya has been out of action for over a decade. So, he may not want to scrap with an active professional boxer.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – MAY 19: < Manny Pacquiao poses for a portrait during a training session at the Elorde boxing Gym on May 19, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Although a rematch between him and Pacquiao will be massive, it will also diminish De La Hoya’s chances of winning the fight. Here’s a look back at their in-ring collision in 2008.

Oscar De La Hoya vs Manny Pacquiao- From 2008

The non-title fight brought two prime pugilists against each other, and the matchup lived up to the hype. Both men appeared fierce and gave us several nail-biting moments to relish, but it was Pacquiao who departed with the win.

The 12-round main-event bout saw its conclusion in round eight as Pacquiao won the fight via RTD. De La Hoya suffered his sixth pro career loss and hung up his gloves before becoming one of the most reputed promoters of boxing.

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According to the Golden Boy chief, he will return on July 3 under the ‘Triller’ banner. He is keen on facing any big name from the MMA world and looking at the current scenario of crossovers, it may not be hard to find a relevant name.

Do you think Manny Pacquiao vs Oscar De La Hoya 2 should happen if ‘The Golden Boy’ makes a successful comeback against an MMA star?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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