De La Hoya/Pacquiao 24/7 debuted on HBO last night. It didn’t thrill me — I like both Oscar and Manny as fighters, but as personalities, they are not the most dynamic subjects.
But if it’s compelling to you, there are a few other places you can go for even more running documents of the build-up to the fight.
Pacquiao has a running diary over at ESPN. (He thinks De La Hoya will be the toughest fight of his career, and that Amir Khan will win a world championship one day. He’s gracious, that Manny.)
Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer, has been contributing to Ring magazine’s blog. (He says that at one point during training for the Floyd Mayweather 105-pound Ivan Calderon pwned De La Hoya, who’s fighting at 147 for the first time in years. Ridiculous. Just can’t imagine that being true.)
Oscar De La Hoya is blogging at Ring magazine, too. (He says “ha ha ha” to Roach’s claim about Calderon. I think Roach IS getting under his skin. Also, he took the Pacquiao fight in part because “they called me out,” as if no one else was calling him out.)
HBO’s rolling out extra clips all over the place, but you can find some of them here. I put the rest of them in this blog entry. (Pacquiao: “I can assure you I am more excited than you are.” De La Hoya: “This time around, we’re going to get even more personal.” An old man tries to jump a fence with De La Hoya. A bodyguard menaces at someone screwing with Pacquiao.)
And almost as soon as this publishes, it’ll be out of date. They’re going all out in promoting this fight. I’m not complaining. I wish promoters would do at least some of this stuff more regularly.