Chat with Oscar De La Hoya
De La Hoya and Pacquiao square off on HBO PPV live Dec. 6 starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
De La Hoya continues his legendary career by taking on Pacquiao, who hasn't lost in over three years and eight fights. "The Golden Boy" enters the ring 39-5 with 30 knockouts, but three of his losses have come in his last six fights. In his career, he has defeated 17 world champions and won 10 world titles in six different weight classes.
Send in your questions now and then join De La Hoya at 2:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday!
Buzzmaster (2:39 PM)
Oscar will be here soon!
Oscar De La Hoya (2:47 PM)
Thank you for being here. It is a pleasure to speak to the fans and answer questions about the fight on December 6th. It will be a very fun fight to watch.
Hey champ, you haven't fought a southpaw in many years. The straight left that Pacquaio has is very strong and explosive how will you adjust to that? NM sends its love and good luck Saturday!
Oscar De La Hoya (2:48 PM)
We have been working for the last few months training for a southpaw, like Pacquiao, who is fast and explosive. We have something in store for him. That is one of the reasons why we trained for so long, to get used to his style. I can ensure you we are ready.
Jimmy Escobedo, Mission Hills [via mobile]
Oscar I am a big fan of yours. I just have one question. Do you think Mayweather retired to avoid fighting you again? I strongly believe that you won that fight.
Oscar De La Hoya (2:49 PM)
I strogly believe that he did retire to avoid a second fight with me. especially since I was going to have his father in my corner. So yes, he did.
Phillip Smith (Austin, TX)
If you win the fight against Pacquiao, will you be looking to fight Hatton or the winner of the Cotto-Margartio II?
Oscar De La Hoya (2:49 PM)
Well I will be looking to fight the best once again. Whatever event is biggest. At this stage, I am all about fighting the best. But I also want to make sure the events are huge.
Oscar Hayward. CA [via mobile]
Margarito said you're trying to look tough against a 135-pound fighter, when you're much bigger than him. How do you feel about this comment?
Oscar De La Hoya (2:50 PM)
Well I am actually just doing my job and fighting. Pacquaio is the best pound for pound fighter and he called me out and I accepted. He's coming up in weight and I am going down. To me, fighting the best in the world, will be a huge challenge.
How do you plan to counter the speed of pacman?
Oscar De La Hoya (2:51 PM)
There is one great thing that Mayweather Sr. taught me about speed and that is speed can be neutralized with the timing of your punch. I will respect his speed, but my punches will have to be accurate and my timing perfect. That is why were are training so hard.
Oscar, I have followed your entire career and am a huge fan of yours. I also fought in the amateurs as well. What fight defined you as a fighter in your opinion? I think the Quartey fight was your defining fight.
Oscar De La Hoya (2:53 PM)
I have to agree with you. That fight was a fight where I showed my heart, my skill and will to win. He was undefeated and he had hands of stone and it was a tough fight and I needed that last round to win. So yes, I think that defined me. Tough situations like that define champions and seperate the boys from the men. That night I was able to beat him.
Oscar De La Hoya (2:55 PM)
On December 6th we will be more than prepared. It will be a very fun fight to watch because of our fighting styles. He will come forward and I will be waiting for him. We are going to create something special. Thank you very much for being here and supporting this event.
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