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Win or lose, De La Hoya will be due for criticism

Win, and Oscar De La Hoya will be criticized for fighting a smaller opponent. Lose … well, let's not go there. The deck will be stacked against De La Hoya no matter how he fares against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday.

Originally Published: December 3, 2008
By Don Stradley | Special to ESPN.com

The word from Oscar De La Hoya's camp in the weeks leading up to Saturday's bout with Manny Pacquiao was that he was sporting a skinny physique, largely thanks to a new diet that includes kangaroo meat.

But although De La Hoya can shed weight, he can't shed the image he has going into the bout: that he's a substantially bigger man facing a fighter who began his career at 106 pounds.

If Depression era heavyweight champion Jack Sharkey were alive, he might've warned De La Hoya ...

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