Old saying goes your head is place on top of your heart so that in every decision you put more weight on what your head says rather than what your heart dictates.
Statistically Oscar DeLahoya overshadowed Manny Pacquiao in almost all aspect he is the taller, bigger and technically sound fighter compared to Manny’s small frame and who went up two divisions higher to face Oscar in what we called the dream match.
Since the official statement I have been writing a lot about this matchup. I tried covering all angles going into the fight. The solid as stone chin of Oscar is a verification of his strong foundation with almost all his fights are on the 135 and above weight so it’s pretty clear he can take a punch from the bigger boys and surely can take a punch from the 5’6 tall who once campaign in the 106lb. division Manny Pacquiao.
Can speed and power level the fight?
I do think Manny’s only chance is his speed and power. With Oscar defying father time his reflexes and stamina is suspect coming into the fight not to mention Oscar is on a strict diet trying to fit his body to a 147lb frame a feat he used to do with ease 7 years ago. His fight with the smaller and light punching Stevie Forbes was an indication of Oscar’s diminishing stamina and power. Freddie Roach knows that pretty well having served as Oscar’s corner during their monumental fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Nobody can beat Oscar at his prime and Manny doesn’t stand a meager chance in defeating him but Oscar at age 35 is very beatable especially with Manny who is the current no.1 pound per pound king.
My Fearless Forecast
On paper Oscar wins in a wide margin and betting wise Oscar is the much conducive fighter. In reality you always go for the bigger fighter but this time I’d go for Manny by 5 rounds. This time I go with what my heart says… words from Mr. Magorium…
“You are like an occasion… rise to it”