Las Vegas, Nevada– Even from the start, it was already a foregone conclusion.
Filipino ring sensation Manny Pacquiao barely broke a sweat disposing of Mexican-American David Diaz, in what trainer Freddie Roach described as the PacMan’s “best fight” en route to a ninth-round stoppage and fourth belt in different weight divisions June 29 at the Mandalay Bay.
The 29-year-old General Santos City native bombed Diaz with lightning-quick combinations and a wicked left to the chin sent the latter to the canvass for good with little time remaining in round 9. So powerful was he that he didn’t need to land a follow-up right hook, and the fight referee had no second thoughts that it was already time for the defending champion to be stripped of his crown.
Thus, in his most lopsided victory in years, Pacquiao– also nicknamed Mexican Destroyer after dismantling the careers of all-time greats Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez, showed why he is simply a cut above his battered opponent. Known as a left-handed slugger, he even exhibited vast improvements on his right jab and solidified his supporters’ claim of being a complete, all-around fighter.
Diaz, however, proved to be a tough nut to crack. Peppered by several five-punch combinations from Pacquiao right from the opening bell, he withstood some fierce exchanges and even rocked the latter twice with strong right straights.
But as the fight wore on, it seems he’s totally a mismatch compared to the new belt holder. Power, speed and ring savvy definitely wasn’t a question to who’s the better fighter.
Pacquiao went on to conquer the lightweight class, the world pound-for-pound king debates and most importantly he became the first Filipino and first Asian to hold championships in four different weight divisions.