Manny Pacquiao made a punching bag out of his opponent last night as David Diaz served as a slow-moving Mexican for easy target practice. Manny, who has now captured the WBC lightweight title from Diaz by a ninth round KO, was very much quicker as he outpunched and outboxed the naturally bigger man.
Manny began to break him down from round one, agilely barraging him with an artillery of fast power punches and then quickly zipping back out of the brawler's reach. This tactic and Manny's natural speed proved to win the fight for the Filipino hero, whose relentless punches accumulated through the rounds until finally knocking Diaz out in round nine, to the delight of thousands watching at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and the million watching around the globe, including proud fellow Filipinos.
Manny has now beaten many Mexicans and some of which were Mexico's best fighters including Marco Antonio Barrera (twice), Juan Manuel Marquez (twice), Erik Morales (twice), Jorge Solis, Hector Velasquez, Oscar Larios, and now David Diaz. With his ever-improving style and strategies, his natural skill and talent, tip-top shape and conditioning, and now having won title belts in four different weight classes, Manny is on the road to becoming called the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world (if he isn't already) and perhaps one of the best of all time.
And here is a few statements from the Pacquiao-Diaz fight last night:
David Diaz: "Did anybody get the number off of that truck (in reference to Manny Pacquiao)? Today is the day that we lost. Tomorrow is another day. He's fast. The speed was the difference in the fight. I have all of the respect for him."
Manny Pacquiao: "I am happy for the win tonight. I never thought I would win four world titles in four different classes. I feel great at this weight. I feel stronger at 135 pounds than at 130. He did hurt me one time during the fight. David Diaz is a very strong fighter."
Freddie Roach: "We fought a great fight plan. We fought it to the tee. We wanted to take him out in the later rounds. I am very proud of Manny."
Bob Arum: "We will defend the WBC Lightweight title later this year. There is a possibility we could fight Ricky Hatton next year. That remains to be seen."
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|Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao Arrives in US for Diaz Fight|
Filipino boxing icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao has arrived in the US for his fight with David Diaz. Manny, three-time world champion of the Philippines will go head to head with Chicago-born WBC world lightweight champion David Diaz at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The fight will be aired live on HBO Pay-Per-View on Saturday (June 28, 2008), entitled Diaz vs. Pacquiao - "Lethal Combination."
|Manny Pacquiao-David Diaz Weigh-In Photos|
Manny Pacquiao and David Diaz made weight Friday (June 27, 2008) at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas for their televised Pay-Per-View (PPV) fight on HBO tomorrow (June 28, 2008).