Boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya described what Floyd Mayweather Jr. will try to do against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night in Las Vegas--and his description makes the Mayweather v. Pacquiao Fight of the Century seem a lot like the famous George Foreman v. Muhammad Ali Rumble in the Jungle.
De la Hoya told HBO (below) that "what Mayweather can do is what Mayweather Sr. calls 'walking your opponent down.' So what he does is he gets in the pocket and covers himself and he'll walk you down. And he'll let you throw punches and Pacquiao is probably going to keep throwing punches in bunches and he might tire himself out." That sounds a lot like Ali's famous rope-a-dope strategy, when he stayed on the ropes absorbing gargantuan hits until the powerful George Foreman wore himself out. In his autobiography Foreman wrote "I fought a foolish fight by not letting him come to me more." Pacquaio, of course, is no dope and no fool--and, unlike Foreman, he comes in forewarned.
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