Oscar De La Hoya-Manny Pacquiao fight is set for Las Vegas
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The biggest boxing match in years will, indeed, take place. Oscar De La Hoya has agreed to a Dec. 6 match with rising superstar Manny Pacquiao, writes Bill Dwyre of the Los Angeles Times.
The official announcement, barring last-minute reversals, will be made in a conference call Thursday morning.
The match, Dwyre writes, is ‘the grand finale of 35-year-old De La Hoya’s unprecedented career as the box-office king in a sport that has survived on his back for more than 10 years without a dominant heavyweight.’ The bout will be held at the MGM Grand Hotel Garden in Las Vegas. HBO will present the pay-per-view showing.
-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City
Photo, from the May 2006 series ‘Simers: Diary Day 3 With Oscar De La Hoya’: A smiling De La Hoya prepares to work out at the MGM Grand. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times