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Pacquiao to move up two weight classes to fight De La Hoya

Updated: August 28, 2008, 8:26 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

The notion of the fight began in October 2007 merely as a fantasy in the fertile mind of HBO broadcaster Larry Merchant. On Thursday it became reality.

After weeks of on and off negotiations, Oscar De La Hoya, boxing's most bankable superstar, and Manny Pacquiao, the pound-for-pound king, jointly announced on a media teleconference that they had agreed to meet Dec. 6 in an HBO PPV fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas which undoubtedly will be the biggest fight of 2008.

It is likely ...

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