Saturday, June 28, 2008

Manny Pacquiao TKOd David Diaz in the 9th

As a recently acclaimed, pound-for-pound fighter, Manny Pacquiao (Philippines) defeated David Diaz (United States) by Technical-Knock-Out (TKO) on the 9th round, this Friday night in Madalay Bay Center, Las Vegas, State of Nevada, U.S.A. By winning this fight, Pacquioa has captured the WBC lightweight title and a plus of gaining the distinction of becoming the First Asian Boxer to have possessed the four titles in his name in four different weight divisions.

Diaz was obviously and tremendously brutalized by Pacquiao, as if there are rounds where a hundred punches were thrown. It seems an absolute punishment where Diaz has shown an incredible will and enormous determination to continue absorbing violent punches – face, head and body and retaliating at times.

It has been said and published before this fight, Manny has made heavy exercises and physical gym regimen as a preparation for this match as David Diaz is expected to be a fighter of enduring stamina and containing strength.

During the rounds of 4 and 6, Diaz’s bloody eye was twice seen by the medical official as recommended by the officiating referee, Vic Draculich – though the face of David is a sight of mask of blood, the match continues on. Each round the injury worsened and on the 9th, as Pacquiao’s left hook landed on his right face, David Diaz fell down on the canvass with his frontal left face first. The referee doesn’t bother to count anymore, and the time was wave off at 2:24 of round 9.

This prompted Manny to go to his corner but after a few seconds when David stay on lying, Pacquiao get near to him and grab his right arm to check whether he is still okay – a gentleman’s gesture of the Champ.

On the outset, Manny Pacquiao has the advantage of three is to one ratio of punches. Pacquiao has accurately used more of his speed and power. This made the camp of Diaz to comment and said, “He needs more months of rest … and next time they have to look for a slower fighter …”

After the fight, inside the locker room, the champion was seen on camera celebrating with the Boston Celtics players, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Sam Cassel, Rajon Rondo, Tony Allen and maybe more together with the Filipino friends and fans cheering his name, “ … Manny, Manny, Manny, Manny, … ”

As the new champion of this division, Manny Pacquiao has now his overall record of 47 wins (8-in-a row), 3 losses, 2 draws, with four titles. He started his career at 106 pounds in 1995 and move bit by bit higher up to 135 pounds this time. He has greatly improved from a “street brawler” way of fighting to a “pound-for-pound” boxer of the world. No question and no doubt about that … He is now the First Filipino and the First Asian to hold four championship belts concurrently. This is how and why the Filipinos become so really proud of him! Mabuhay Philippines!

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