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FOX Sports on MSN - MMA/Boxing - On the Mark: It was time for Oscar to go

De La Hoya finally retired today. I guess it was a long time coming, but it is still pretty sad for me, Oscar was/is my favorite boxer. I know he's not the greatest or maybe even the best of our generation but I feel like Chavez, Duran, Sugar Ray, and a lot of the other guys were a little before my time. Of course there's Tyson, and if he wasn't so psycho, he'd probably be my favorite. Watching his first round knock outs will always be a fun memory for me. Just like De La Hoya's, cheering him on against Chavez, (and against the wishes of everyone in my family, lol) and going to one of his press conferences downtown. I'm glad he got out before it was too late and I'm glad he has changed the boxing game. Promoting and everything else that he has going on, he even had that reality show for a minute, I guess it's all good as long he doesn't go back to singing...



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Apr. 18th, 2009 04:28 am (UTC)
I'll miss Oscar too. I hope he or someone else does finally make good on his idea to bring boxing back to the people and put it back on regular tv or at least cable. I know for the big fights that last 10 seconds, it's not a good way to make money. This might actually get fights to go longer and stop all the diving. It's actually starting to get a little better recently.

This Pacquiao thing's not going to last. Get someone that can go to the body and tired him out, and he starts dropping those gloves, then it's just a matter of him missing one of those big lefts and getting clocked good. Don't get me wrong, he's a great fighter, but find someone that's willing to stay in there and get beat up a little bit with rights, and exchanging blows while keeping his left in check, and you can wear him down.
Apr. 18th, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
I agree with you about Pacquiao, but there's such a lack of talent out there, he'll be around for a while. Boxing needs to be back on TV, I remember watching fights on ABC, Wide World of Sports if I recall when I was a kid...wow...hadn't thought about that in years.
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