I used to call Muhammad the Pied Piper. This kid's a little Pied Piper,'' Dundee said of De La Hoya. "I love what he does. I like the way he talks with (the press). I like the way he treats people. He's always got a smile on his face. There's something about him. Superstars have got to give you that.
Oscar De La Hoya hired Dundee as part of his team in preparation for "The Dream Match" Saturday night against Manny Pacquiao on HBO Pay-Per-View ($54.95). The Golden Boy has been installed as a huge betting favorite to win based on a distinct size advantage over his younger and faster foe.
If nothing else, Dundee's acceptance of De La Hoya's offer to join his camp shows he still likes to align himself with a popular champion and he still gets up for the big event.
"I used to call Muhammad the Pied Piper. This kid's a little Pied Piper,'' Dundee said of De La Hoya. "I love what he does. I like the way he talks with (the press). I like the way he treats people. He's always got a smile on his face. There's something about him. Superstars have got to give you that.
"The reason this fight is so big is because everybody knows the fighters. In the past, we've had guys who nobody knew who the heck they were. But the public knows both of these guys. That's why I'm happy to be here. It's a great feeling."
Admittedly, Dundee didn't know a whole lot about Pacquiao, or De La Hoya for that matter, until he became a part of the event.
"I never did homework on either guy because I never had a guy that was going to fight them,'' Dundee said. "But now that I'm involved in it, I've studied both guys and De La Hoya is the guy to beat Pacquiao style-wise. That's what I see."
Even as a master strategist, Dundee says there's nothing he or trainer Nacho Berenstain can tell De La Hoya that will determine the outcome of the fight.
"I had a fighter come down to Miami from Las Vegas and he said his trainer was Eddie Futch,'' Dundee recalled. "I said, 'Eddie Futch? He's the best trainer in the world. What are you doing here?' He said he had family in Miami, so I called Eddie on the phone and Eddie said help him if you can.
"Later, we had a fight for this guy in Las Vegas and me, Eddie and Freddie Roach were working in the kid's corner. He got the crap beat out of him. So there's goes the trainer bit. That showed it's not the trainer. The best guy is going to win. And in this fight, that's De La Hoya."
Freddie Roach, the trainer Dundee briefly mentioned, has since made his own mark as one of boxing's best trainers. He'll be the chief second in Pacquiao's corner Saturday night as he has been for the past eight years.
An exception was last year in May when Roach was hired by De La Hoya for his mega fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., who won on a decision, while Pacquiao prepared for his April victory against Jorge Solis, an eighth-round KO, with one of Roach's assistants as his trainer.
"I told Manny I had an opportunity to work with Oscar and he told me to take the job,'' Roach said. "He was the first guy I asked."