Besides being the world’s top destination for gambling, Las Vegas has been home to some of the biggest and most significant boxing matches in history… but this wasn’t one of them. Former champ Oscar De La Hoya is a great fighter, but from all reports, he couldn’t do much in his boxing match against the behemoth that is Shaquille O’Neal. Of course, that might be less about their respective skill in the ring, and more about the fact that Shaq outweighs him by about 175 pounds or so.
Why was this mismatched pair fighting at all? They took to the ring at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood Resort to film for an upcoming episode of O’Neal’s new reality show. It’s called “Shaq Vs.” and it features the basketball superstar taking on a variety of other athletes in their sport of choice. In last night’s premier episode, Shaq hit the field for some football drills, then took on Pittsburgh Steeler’s QB Ben Roethlisberger in a game. The QB won and, from early reviews, it sounds like viewers lost. Apparently watching two big, rich jocks fooling around on the field is less than compelling viewing. Though I’m sure I’m not the only one who will tune in when the episode with De La Hoya vs. Shaq airs.
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