Doghouse Boxing Decides: Manny Pacquiao vs. David Diaz
Compiled by Benny Henderson Jr. Doghouse Boxing (June 28, 2008) DoghouseBoxing.com  
Tonight from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV, to be televised live on HBO PPV 9 PM ET/6 PM PT, reigning WBC lightweight title holder David Diaz 34-1-1 (17) looks to disrupt any plans that three time champ Manny Pacquiao 46-3-2 (35) may have of getting another world title belt in a fourth weight division.

Although Diaz, who hails from Chi-town, has defeated the likes of Armando Santa Cruz (TKO 10) and Eric Morales (UD), he will be facing his toughest task as he takes on the Pac-Man.

Pacquiao, who now holds The Ring’s pound-for-pound title, has earned wins over the likes of Marco Antonio Barrera (TKO 11), Eric Morales (TKO 10) and Juan Manuel Marquez (SD) as well as three world titles, looks on paper to be the superior of the two but will have his hands full against the bigger Diaz come the sound of the bell.

Will Pacquiao continue his domination, or will Diaz overthrow the pound for pound king defending his strap successfully and earning himself the biggest win of his career?

Doghouse Decides!

Gabriel Montoya:
Word out of Chicago is that David Diaz had a terrific camp. Manny Pacquiao was typically Spartan in training. With a move up in weight, Pac-man may have lost some speed and I wonder if he has the technique to compensate for a split second lost. Is Diaz, a former Olympian who hasn't impressed in his last few outings, the guy to capitalize on it? Will this be his one great fight? Probably not. Pacquiao by UD despite getting dropped (but not hurt) early.

Vikram Birring: On March 15, Manny Pacquiao defeated rival Juan Manuel Marquez in his last fight in the super featherweight division. Now he is attempting to do what neither Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales could do: win a championship in a fourth division. There is just one roadblock: a hungry, determined boxer looking for the limelight named David Diaz. Diaz is not being given much of a chance, but he is a former Olympian who defeated Zab Judah in the amateurs. Still, Pacquiao is now recognized as pound for pound, the best boxer in the world today, and though he has not trained as hard as he does for his marquee match-ups, he should win as he usually does in these situations, on sheer natural speed and ability.

Rob Scott: I've always been a believer in the saying, 'too little of something isn't a good thing, but too much of something isn't any better. When it came to Manny Pacquiao, that saying really stands out to me, because where he definitely deserves credit for his powerful performances, I never thought he was #1. The debate of who was p4p best between he and (the now retired) Floyd Mayweather was a no-brainer to me, as yes Pacquiao may have a style where he knocked out guys, the fact is that is the only way he can fight. Mayweather could have done the fool move of standing and fighting De La Hoya and Baldomir, but why do that when you have alternate, more intelligent ways to get the job done? True it may not be as exciting, but it still shouldn't make one lose sight of the truer talent.

Throughout history we have seen many a fighter knockout guys, but don't have an answer when they meet someone who takes their best shots. To a large degree (no pun intended), Pacquiao is starting to play with the big boys now. There are those who are so (too much) enthralled with Pacquiao because of what he did to, honestly, shell of themselves, Morales and Barrera, that they are just giving Diaz's title to Pacquiao before a blow is even thrown. I just hope for Pacquiao's sake, like many fans, he doesn't become too much of a fan of himself, and think this will be a walk in the park.

In my mind, this will be the start of truly seeing where Pacquiao stands. As he goes up in weight and possibly fights the likes of Joel Casamayor and Nate Campbell (even their older versions), or the still hungry, Juan Diaz, we will see how he stomps with the Big Dogs. Fortunately for Pacquiao he won't be facing the best of the Big Dogs on Saturday night, which will help him come out on top.... by decision. Pacquiao by decision!

Eric Marks: I will go with Manny by a close but unanimous decision. Pacquiao has big things on the horizon like possible fights with Hatton and De La Hoya...so he can't afford to lose this fight, which is why he'll be in great shape, focused, and fight his heart out.

Ian Keogh: Saturday night boxing's P4P most exciting fighter steps up in weight once again to challenge for a world title against Chicago's David Diaz. While Pacquiao is almost certainly the better fighter it would be foolish to rule out Diaz completely. Diaz is the bigger man, is accustomed to fighting at lightweight and has told all that will listen that he's coming to fight and if it's a war then good. I expect Diaz to have his moments but Pacquiao to have a few more. Manny is the quicker fighter and I think his speed carries him to a close decision win.

Ken Hissner: Looks like the Pac-man will be reaching his final weight division with this one. David Diaz has looked hot and cold but has never had a fighter like Manny before him. I think Manny takes his last title by decision. Bet the opposite and you will probably win some money.

Benny Henderson Jr.: Diaz seems like a very likable guy, but unfortunately being likeable does not win you fights. I think Diaz will do the best with what he has, he may give Pacquiao a bit of trouble in the beginning stages of the bout, but I see Manny’s speed and style getting the better of the Chicago native in the mid to late rounds earning a Manny another world strap.

Danny Serratelli: I can not believe that Pacquaio is only 29. He has packed more action in his fights with a few of the divisions top warriors than an older Floyd has had in his whole career. We have seen great warriors move up a weight class and lose the fire that made them great just one weight class lighter. Warriors like Ricky Hatton and Arturo Gatti come to mind. Unfortunately for Diaz, this will not happen to Manny unless e gets old over night or totally slept on Diaz. The result will be Pacquaio convincingly by unanimous decision or late round stoppage.

John Novoselac: Manny Pacquiao looks to gain another title in another higher weight class, but has he bit off more than he can chew this time? David Diaz is a big, rugged lightweight that has fought as high as welter. He's very determined, and reports say his camp has gone well. I think Manny may struggle early, and perhaps throughout the fight, with the in your face never say die style of Diaz, but will ultimately pull off a close, possibly split, decision win.

Anthony Cocks: I have always believed that there is a glass ceiling when it comes to moving up in weight, but Top Rank have be prudent in their selection of Pacquiao’s opponent for his 135 pound debut. Unified champion Nate Campbell and top contenders Joan Guzman, Juan Diaz, Michael Katsidis and Joel Casamayor all look to be too tough as first up challenges for the Filipino Firebrand, so I cannot blame Pacquiao’s team for selecting WBC titleholder David Diaz as their opponent. If Pacquiao struggles with the game but limited Diaz it will be hard to see how he would handle hard punching slickers like Campbell and Guzman, the educated pressure of Juan Diaz, the crafty moves of Casamayor or the grinding pressure of Katsidis. I like Pacquiao to gut out a decision win by sweeping the later rounds in a fight that raises questions about how far he can go at lightweight.



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