Hatton Says Pacquiao is Exciting But Boring Mayweather Will Win Superfight
Former 140-pound universally-recognized ruler Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton was in Glasgow, Scotland recently to promote his new line of Team Hitman sports equipment. He talked to Scottish tabloid newspaper Daily Record to share his thoughts on the widely anticipated proposed superfight in 2010 to be headlined by two of his former conquerors in Floyd "Money" Mayweather, Jr. and Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.
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Hindsight is always 20/20 and experience is the best teacher. If both of these expressions are to be counted upon in determining the eventual winner of the proposed mouthwatering match-up between Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and flamboyant unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr., then there are no better prognosticators in the world of boxing than the fighters who have actually been in the ring and traded leather with both future combatants themselves.
For the record Pacquiao and Mayweather have had three common opponents, namely: Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Ricky Hatton. Together, the Pacman and Money May combined for an impressive 6 wins, 1 draw, with no loss against the three future Hall of Famers.
Perennial top ten pound-for-pound candidate Juan Manuel ‘Dinamita’ Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KOs) fought Pacquiao to a draw at featherweight in 2004 before losing his WBC and Ring Magazine super featherweight title to the Pacman four years later. In his first and supposedly last foray into the welterweight division, Dinamita also tangled with Mayweather in his comeback fight after a self-imposed 21-month retirement which the Mexican lost via a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision.
Marquez cannot make up his mind as to which of the two will eventually emerge victorious if and when Pacquiao and Mayweather tangles in 2010. Immediately after his September 19 bout with Mayweather, the 36-year old Mexican was asked to compare the two pound-for-pound claimants and give his assessment as to who should be the rightful owner to the throne since he was in a unique position having already fought both of them. Marquez said that the two are completely different fighters in terms of style. While Pacquiao is a great fighter who brings all-out aggression, Mayweather on the other hand is a master tactician and defensive specialist, hence he cannot make a categorical answer as both bring their own set of advantages and disadvantages inside the ring.
The Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya (39-6-0, 30 KOs) lost a split decision to Mayweather in a PPV record-setting fight at super middleweight in 2007 before quitting on his stool after eight rounds with Pacquiao and admitting he can no longer ‘pull the trigger’ in a breakthrough performance by the Filipino in December 2008. The Golden Boy announced his retirement soon after, acknowledging the fact that he can no longer fight at the sport’s highest level.