Oscar De La Hoya admits that making 147 pounds weight will be a struggle. De la Hoya said that Manny Pacquiao is very complicated, he’s awkward, very volatile with both hands and fast. The fact is yes, I’m older and I have to come down in weight to 147 pounds in weight which is going to be a great effort and will benefit him. Oscar de la hoya will fight Manny Pacquiao because Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach challenged him.
Oscar De La Hoya left the door open for a probable rematch if he loses or if he wins a close fight stating he would retire only if he puts on “a perfect performance against Manny and all the stars are aligned that night. That would be a perfect moment.” Freddie Roach said that Oscar de la hoya was too old and couldn’t pull the trigger and would be knocked out by Pacquiao who was younger, faster and stronger, continued to add fuel to the fire over the weekend. Manny Pacquiao’s fighting stance will pose a very big problem for international boxing superstar Oscar de la Hoya when they meet inside the ring in Las Vegas, Nevada this coming December 6, 2008. De la Hoya has branded Pacquiao "a complex fighter" and referred to the fight as a much closer contest than many predict. De la Hoya has already started his training camp in Puerto Rico, and is scheduled to set up camp in Big Bear, California sometime in October. According to former International Boxing Federation super featherweight champion Steve Forbes, “One thing Manny is going to learn is Oscar is much bigger and hits harder than anybody he ever faced before. Manny is going to get hit harder than he’s ever been hit in his career." Oscar de la Hoya has one of the hardest chins in the business.