Manny Pacquiao Retires Oscar De La Hoya – December 6, 2008 (This Day In Boxing History)

Two of boxing’s greatest fighters finally met in the ring 13 years ago today.

Billed as “The Dream Match,” Manny Pacquiao (then 47-3-2) forced Oscar De La Hoya (then 39-5) into corner retirement after a brutal beat down over eight rounds. Even today, De La Hoya says Pacquiao sent him into retirement from boxing overall.

Pacquiao was De La Hoya’s last fight.

Though this was not a title, it received a lot of publicity because Pacquiao was the current top pound-for-pound boxer, according to The Ring, with titles in five different weight classes and De La Hoya was an Olympic gold medalist with 10 world titles in six weight divisions on his resume.

Pacquiao also went up two weight divisions, from lightweight, and De La Hoya went down one division for the fight to happen at welterweight.

In the opening rounds, Pacquiao was able to connect despite having height disadvantages.

Pacquiao continued to stun De La Hoya with quick combos while De La Hoya targeted the body to slow down Pacman.

But the fight wouldn’t go to all 12. The bloody battle ended in the eighth with De La Hoya, “The Golden Boy,” battered with swelling. His corner had convinced him to throw in the towel.

Pacquiao, who retired over the summer, previously told FIGHT SPORTS that this fight with De La Hoya is one of his greatest accomplishments.

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