Oscar De La Hoya, rebuilding a life that ascended to drug-tainted depths after a thorough defeat at the hands of the Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, dropped by the Wild Card Gym Monday and said that Pacman has a huge edge against the Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12.
In 2008, for 8 rounds De La Hoya stood at the receiving end of a brutal, relentless beating so that when the bell rang for the 9th, he remained in his stool but unable to go any further.
“Manny is on a whole different level…Manny has been fighting Shane Mosley, myself and Miguel Cotto. Marquez has been fighting ordinary fighters and that could be the difference,” Oscar De La Hoya said. “Manny is faster, stronger and Marquez is 38 years old,” he added. “But Manny has to be careful with his style. Marquez’ style can be complicated for Manny.”
The Pacquiao-Marquez III will be for the Pacman’s WBO welterweight crown at a catch weight of 144 pounds.