Its less than a week before Manny Pacquiao clash with the WBC lightweight champion David Diaz and the hype and the excitement is already building up so fast. Manny Pacquiao will be attempting a fourth weight title in four different divisions a feat that no Asian has done. So what’s the implication of Pacquiao moving up in weight?
Manny started at a tender age of 16 and fought for the 106 lb. division, come this Saturday he will be 6 weight classes up and almost 30 pounds heavier. David Diaz is the natural bigger fighter campaigning in the light welterweight division before deciding to go down on the lightweight and become a champion. Manny struggled to maintain his weight on a lot of occasions he was knocked down by 3k Battery while dehydrating himself to cut off the excessive weight and without food for 3 days and with just a small amount of water to sustain his body. A drained Pacquiao tasted the canvass and decided to campaign in the 126 lb division wherein he clobbered IBF champion Lehlohonolo Ledwaba. He then challenges Marco Antonio Barrera and the rest is history. Pacquiao might be moving in weight but the fact that he is gradually doing the process he still sustained his power and speed. But the big difference is can he take a punch from the bigger boys on the lightweight division. Eric Morales made it to the 135lb division and got a split decision loss against Diaz if Morales can take fairly well… I can’t see why Manny can’t.
Diaz remains to be the underdog and love it that way. Everybody always counted him out and his determination made him to what he is now… a champion. He won’t be a champion for nothing and a fight with Manny will broaden up his horizon. This is David’s time to be in the limelight and he knows pretty well how to carry a fight being an underdog. He knows how to get the job done ask Armando Sta.Cruz how a lopsided fight turned out to be a brawl and ended up getting Armando knock down on the 10th round.
Pacquiao and Diaz know what’s in stake this Saturday. A win for either of them will turn tides. Pacquiao will be bringing his speed and power and David will pack his resilience and determination to battle against Pacquiao. This fight will not last long. David will be carrying his heart for the fight while Pacquiao is carrying a country and his future.
Both fighters deserve to be the victor but there can only be one winner… I love Diaz but with Manny not draining himself for the fight I expect a blitzkrieg Manny doing volumes of punches. Diaz maybe an underrated underdog that exceeds expectations one punch can make a difference but this time he stays an underdog.
Manny by 6