|What makes Manny Pacquiao a threat? Oscar De La Hoya speaks
By Johnny Benz (Nov 29, 2008) DoghouseBoxing.com
With Oscar De La Hoya vs Manny Pacquiao set for next weekend, December 6th, I've decide to put together some choice quotes from the promotion of the fight.
Here is what De La Hoya had to say recently about Pacquiao as a threat. De La Hoya stated: "The problems I see that will be heralds for me that night are that Manny Pacquiao is a southpaw with amazing speed. He is also young and powerful. But we are working on all that in camp and we will know how
to neutralize him. We will be well prepared.
"I am bringing my weight down to 147 and actually am the lightest I have been in a long time in my career (De La Hoya weighed 145 yesterday morning). He obviously is coming up in weight. How does anyone really know what is going to happen? No one knows for sure what is going to happen when I fight a guy with his power and speed and he has to deal with me.
"I am fortunate to have a worldwide stage that has paid attention to my career and Manny Pacquiao has a huge following too. Now we are all over the place and the whole world is paying attention to this fight and wondering what the outcome is going to be. That in and of itself, is a thrill for me to be a part of another great event.
"Throughout my career, I have been extremely fortunate to have so many people who have been drawn to the sport of boxing because they were interested in my career. I realize I am a catalyst for the sport and I don't take that responsibility lightly. That is another reason I try to always compete at the highest level and give fans great fights by having match-ups with competition that gives me the most challenge and threat."
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