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Pacquiao halts De La Hoya

Manny Pacquiao turned boxing's "dream fight" into a nightmare for Oscar De La Hoya, scoring an eighth-round technical knockout victory at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36 KOs), who was making his debut in the welterweight division after never having fought above 135 pounds, dominated a slow De La Hoya with speed and accuracy for the entire bout.

The weight hardly seemed to matter against a stationary De La Hoya, who struggled to find his range against a constantly moving target.

After taking a beating for eight rounds, De La Hoya (39-6) retired on his stool before the start of the ninth round.