‘The Golden Boy’ Oscar De La Hoya knows all about Manny Pacquiao having shared the ring with him at the end of his career.
The fight took place at welterweight and saw a weight-drained De La Hoya receive a pummelling from a much smaller Pacquiao.
Pacquiao at the time upset the odds to record a famous victory and in many ways it was his big coming out party win in the US that catapulted him to worldwide fame years later.
De La Hoya is now retired and spends his time in the sport as promoter and head of his company Golden Boy Promotions but still has a keen interest in the upcoming Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner fight as a boxing fan first and foremost.
Speaking to a group of fans and reporters outside a boxing gym this week De La Hoya said of the fight:
“I don’t like it for Manny. At this point of his career e should be fighting bigger names than that (Broner). Manny at this point of his career, at this stage of his career, at this age — Manny should go out fighting whoever he wants to fight. He deserves it.”
“I say Broner beats him. Broner’s younger. I think he is hungrier. I think his reflexes are better — it should be a good fight.”
The bout takes place this day next week (Jan 19th) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas live on Showtime pay per view in the US and on ITV 4 free to air for those in the UK.