Oscar De La Hoya sent a personal message to Manny Pacquiao this week. While autographing boxing gloves for the 'Dream Match' promotion, Pacman rooted deep into a large cardboard box and spotted a red glove signed in black sharpie by Oscar.

The personal message said -






Oscar added a little smiley face. Pacquiao looked at it, laughed and shrugged it off.

"He is a great fighter, the Golden Boy," said Pacquiao. "I have been watching him since he won the gold medal at the Olympic Games. He has beaten very famous fighters. That's why defeating him will be very special and important for everyone in the Philippines."


Freddie Roach, chief trainer for Pacquiao, is working on Manny's fight-night strategies to beat De La Hoya.

"I saw a lot in Oscar's fight against Forbes. I know exactly what Manny must do to defeat him. I will be thrilled when Manny gets his hand raised on Dec 6. I wouldn't be suprised if Manny busts him up and the fight gets stopped."

Pacquiao's Media Day is 1 pm on Monday, Nov 17, at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Ca.

De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao 'The Dream Match' is scheduled for Dec 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.  De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao will be available on HBO Pay Per View.

HBO’s Emmy-Award-winning all-access franchise “24/7” returns with Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao in starring roles.  The four-episode series “De La Hoya/Pacquiao 24/7”premieres Sunday, Nov. 16th at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

TOP RANK NOTEBOOK -- Raul 'La Cobrita' Martinez, a 23-0 super flyweight from San Antonio, takes on Victor Proa, 25-0-2, of Monterrey, Mexico in the main event on Top Rank's fight card Friday night at the New Alhambra in Philadelphia.  The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds for the NABF 115-pound championship. Telefutura will televise.

Matt Vanda's wife Cindy had a baby girl, Vivina who weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, this week in St. Paul, Minn. It is the second daughter for Vanda, who went 10 hard rounds two weeks ago against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., in Las Vegas.

"My two daughters, wife and my three dogs mean everything to me," Vanda said. "After I work out at the gym, I cannot wait to get home to be with them. I have all of the tatoos (over 100) and people think I party a lot but I don't go out at all."