Prediction on Pacquaio vs. Hatton

May 1, 2009 · Posted in Events, General, sports 

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I’m going to make this as simple as possible.  Manny should win this fight.  I’m not saying this because I’m Pinoy and blindly nuthug the Pac-man like the majority of the ignorant drones on Manny Pacquiao’s website forums.  I do watch non-Manny Pacquiao boxing and have been following the sport for many years.  There is a short list of names when you want to have a conversation about active boxers that can lay claim to being considered an elite fighter.  That short list should include Shane Mosley, Bernard Hopkins, Paul Williams, Miguel Cotto, and Manny Pacquiao.  Ricky Hatton is not on that list.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Ricky Hatton. He and Manny will put on a great show.  But after what I’ve seen with his fights, he’s only had one truly outstanding performance in his career and that was against Kostya Tszyu in 2005.  His fights since then have either been unimpressive wins over B-rated boxers (see Paul Malignaggi) or a flat out loss by KO against an elite fighter in Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

HBO and British fight fans have done a great job in building up Ricky Hatton as a formidable opponent. 

But I don’t think Ricky can pull off the upset.

Manny is simply a more skilled fighter.  He’s faster, has better footwork, fought a better pedigree of opponents, and when he follows the game plan that Freddie Roach lays out for him, it normally ends up with a win for the Pac-man. 

The only way that Manny loses this fight is if he slacked off in training and let all the pointless distractions surrounding him affect his focus in preparing for the fight.    

Expect an action packed fight with rabid fans from England, the Philippines, and the United States cheering wildly in Las Vegas.  Expect Hatton to bring his A-game as he seeks redemption from his loss to Floyd Mayweather, Jr.  And expect Manny Pacquiao to deliver another 5-star boxing performance and prove why so many boxing experts call him the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet. 

Manny with a KO in the 9th round. And that’s being nice.

It’s only a prediction.  I could be wrong and Hatton could knock Manny out within the first few rounds.  Yeah right. 

Take it to him Manny.  Make him and Floyd Mayweather, Sr. know what Pac-man Knows.

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6 Responses to “Prediction on Pacquaio vs. Hatton”

  1. A Very Opinionated Pinoy Dude on May 1st, 2009 11:20 pm

    All my Mexican friends are rooting for Manny this time!

  2. farmer John on May 2nd, 2009 5:39 am

    Yo Moonie,

    You got it on point. HBO 24/7 has done an excellent job setting up the fight. The thing is, it’s for a “Pound for Pound” showdown, between Manny Pacquaio and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    But before we go any further… I am currently cooking 600 lbs. of meat for Mama Leah’s Sweet Sixty @ El Dorado Park and the numerous Fight Night Fiestas with The Park’s Finest! If you Good with the Hood then Holla!

    Reviewing the Tale of the Tape
    Hatton has slight edges in height (+1″) and fist size (+11/2). But other then that Manny Pacquaio comes out the larger man.

    All though Hatton has faced larger opponents, the overall quality of competition goes into Pacman’s favor.

    Ricky Hatton is an excellent blue collar brawler/puncher with improved defenses and head movement. His ability to cut off the ring, corner, and bully Manny into 1-2 clinch situations are key to his success. Cutting the distance between himself and Manny is essential to this game plan so as to avoid stinging straight lefts and an over hand right.

    Manny has shown considerable progress as a fighter and boxer. With a refined and developed understanding of ring work and punch sets, Manny has expanded his tool box with a potent right hook (think Mike Tyson’s twisting short right) and improved head movement.

    So who wins?

    The key number in this match up is 2.

    As great as Floyd Mayweather Sr. is as a Master of the Sweet Science, (and I do believe in his work and understanding of boxing) he has only been with Ricky Hatton for 2 fights out of 46. The discipline necessary to handle a Pacquiao offense and counter accordingly will be lost by Ricky by the 3rd round. Finding himself in a more familiar seek and destroy stance and approach. A game plan that Manny is more then willing to play a part in.

    And if that is the case; look to see Ricky eat to many of Manny’s fists.

    Pacquiao Win Round 5 KO

    Throughout the series, Ricky Hatton took a back seat to the marketing soundbites of Floyd Sr (except for the occasional clips of his family and community back in the U.K.) and seemed fourth fiddle behind Manny, Floyd Sr., Roach, and only slightly ahead of Moore. I feel bad for the guy.

    The thing that is so interesting, is the long standing disdain of the entire Mayweather Clan on Pacquaio as a Square Ring Warrior. Fight after fight, going as far back as Manny’s first win against Marco Antonio Barrera. Floyd Sr. has believed that Manny’s style and talent are sub par and not worth mentioning in the same breath as his son. Fight after fight Floyd has picked Manny to lose. Floyd Mayweather jr. has just signed on to fight Juan Manuel Marquez July 18th. It’s interesting that both pound for pound kings are facing their rivals previous opponent. A Super Dream Fight, never taken seriously will be assessed on how well they each do.

    Either way, you know what we doing.

    Eating the Lords Creatures.

    All of them

    Farmer Johneric
    The Park’s Finest
    Bringin That Backyard Boogie!

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