LAS VEGAS, Nevada — There was no doubt that Manny Pacquiao, the new Teki god of punch business, is next to “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali, the protege of Angelo Dundee, who admitted for the first time in more than 40 years that he erred when he predicted that Oscar De La Hoya would easily outslick and overpower the Filipino “Mexicutioner” who will turn 30 on December 17.
“I was dead wrong,” sobbed the 86-year-old Dundee. “Maybe I’ll be right next time. What’s the difference?”
Dundee had made tones of accurate prefight analyses when his wards–Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, among other bigger-than-life fighters, placed boxing on top of the pyramid, the reason why media would always consider his wisdom more reliable than the Apostles Creed.
It took a lightweight champion from the Far East, a religious southpaw, to oblige the legendary senior citizen to admit that he “was dead wrong.”…