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.
De La Hoya has not been a full-time fighter in a long while and even while he was still fighting any statement that he releases with regards to any fight are taken with a grain of salt as he increasingly seems to further the best interest of their promotional outfit first and foremost above anything else, not the least of which is objectivity, before releasing any carefully crafted statement. He has not issued a public statement favoring one or the other in the proposed superfight however as negotiations are set to officially begin anytime soon.
Which leaves us with the third and final common denominator who might be able to draw on his unique vantage point, and share with us his invaluable insight on the probable outcome of one of the most anticipated fights in recent years. The Mancunian brawler Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton (45-2, 30 KOs) battled Floyd Mayweather to a 10th round TKO loss in December 2007 before sprawling flat out on the canvass with one second left in the second round of his brutal knockout loss to the Pacman in May this year.
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Hitman Favors ‘Money’ But Would Rather Watch Manny
Hatton shared his views on the upcoming superfight in an interview conducted by Scottish tabloid newspaper Daily Record. The Hitman confessed being blown away by Pacquiao’s performance against Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto after picking against his one-time conqueror prior to the fight, “Pacquiao gets better with every fight. I didn’t fancy him against Miguel Cotto earlier this month but he smashed him to bits”, the 31-year old native of Manchester, England admitted.
When pressed for his prediction however on the outcome of the much-talked about fight, Hatton favored Mayweather over Pacquiao saying the fast-talking American has the style and the safety-first approach to avoid getting nailed by the Pacman, “Mayweather is so good he doesn’t let you get any punches off. If he makes Pacquiao miss he’ll take the sting out of him”.
Well, suffice to say it won’t be the first time the outspoken Briton will be proven wrong if ever, as he also picked De La Hoya to prevail in another of Pacquiao’s previous fights while the Pacman has proven time and again that he has the uncanny ability to almost always dig deep and find a way to prove his critics and doubters wrong.
Although he was called a ‘not that good’ world champion by Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach in one of the recent episodes of HBO’s 24/7 series, Hatton confesses he still prefers watching Pacquiao over Mayweather anytime as he claims that watching Mayweather is about as exciting as watching paint dry.
“I’d rather watch Pacquiao though. Mayweather will go down as one of the all time greats but I wouldn’t get up at four o’clock in the morning to watch him. He bores the s*** out of me”, disclosed the former light welterweight lineal title holder.
Now that’s a statement we fully agree, with or without the benefit of hindsight or ring experience.
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