Hurray for Manny Pacquiao!!
This afternoon, for the first time in my life, I watched an entire boxing match. And I'm glad I did, as it was a proud moment for the Philippines as our "national treasure" showed remarkable form, skill, speed and oommph as he won by TKO over the highly acclaimed (but elderly) Oscar de la Hoya. And to think that some months back some high ranking Philippine officials were advising Pacquiao to back off from the fight because he was likely to be clobbered to mincemeat by the much bigger de la Hoya.
As they say, stats don't lie so look at these stats here: de la Hoya landed 83 out of 402 punches thrown; Pacquiao landed 224 out of 585 punches thrown.
(image from flickr photostream of ext212)
On a side note, I'm amazed by the technology that makes counting of these stats possible. Can you imagine the unaided human eye doing all that counting accurately?
It's incredible to throw that many punches in eight three-minute rounds. To be recipient of those blows can be face-changing and career-altering for those are not wimpy arm thrusts but powerpacked ones. Here's a sample of those deadly hits: (photo by Devin Loretz, caption by UNLV Rebel Yell)
Manny Pacquiao slips Oscar De La Hoya's jab before delivering a counter hook. Taking away the jab was crucial for Pacquiao's game plan, trainer Freddie Roach said.