May 1

"Fight of the Year" - Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton Preview

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With a lackluster heavyweight division, and Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr now in retirement, boxing is in dire need of new stars. This weekend features a matchup of two of boxing’s biggest stars. Current pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao attempts to conquer another weight class as he takes on 140-lb champion Ricky Hatton. It is the biggest fight of the year and it will be an interesting indicator of boxing buyrates in the post-De La Hoya era.
 
Ricky Hatton vs. Manny Pacquiao (IBO Light Welterweight Title)
 
Ricky Hatton has been the king of the light welterweight division since dismantling Kostya Tszyu in 2005. His only loss as a professional came to Floyd Mayweather Jr but that was at the welterweight limit. Hatton hasn’t had much trouble in any of his light welterweight fights since becoming champion and is known for his endless motor. His propensity for body shots is used to neutralize any speed disadvantage he may encounter. With Ricky Hatton, fans can expect a fierce aggressor that throws punches in bunches. British fans follow Ricky Hatton all over the world so don’t expect any lack of support for The Hitman in Las Vegas. He just may need every bit of that fan support to topple the #1 boxer in the world right now.
Manny Pacquiao cemented his spot atop the pound-for-pound rankings with a thorough domination of Oscar De La Hoya last December. That was a fight that eventually led De La Hoya to retirement. Pacquiao’s last three fights have been wins at 130 lbs, 135 lbs, and 147 lbs. The first two were against the world champion in that division while the win at 147 was against the aforementioned Oscar De La Hoya. Pacquiao (Pacman) is going for his fourth significant win in a fourth weight class as he takes on Ricky Hatton at 140 lbs. Like Hatton, Pacquiao has a seemingly endless motor and the undying support of his home country.
 
Fight Predictions:
Hatton and Pacquiao have many similarities in the boxing ring. Both throw a high volume of punches. Both refuse to relent in close quarters. Both exhibit a nice combination of speed and power. The key difference, however, is that Manny Pacquiao is the better version of Ricky Hatton. Pacquiao is faster, stronger, and more determined.  Pacquiao will be too fast for Hatton and you can be sure that Hatton will get pegged any time that he tries to get in close for the body attack. Hatton won’t back off and that is what likely will lead to the end of the fight. Hatton will go down fighting, but he will almost certainly go down. Pacquiao by KO in the 9th, just to rub it in to Floyd Mayweather Jr that he finished Hatton one round earlier. That ought to be enough to get Pacquiao-Mayweather cooking.
 
Tale of the tape:
 
Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao
Born: Bukidnon, Philippines
Resides: General Santos City, Philippines
Height: 5' 6 1/2"
Reach: 67"
Current Titles Held: None
Former Titles Held: WBC Lightweight (135 lbs.), Ring Magazine, WBC Super Featherweight (130 lbs.), Ring Magazine Featherweight (126 lbs.), IBF Super Bantamweight (122 lbs.), WBC Flyweight (112 lbs.)
Professional Record: 48-3-2, 36 KOs
Record in World Title Fights: 8-1-2, 7 KOs
Record at 140 lbs.: First fight at this weight
Record in Fights Going 12 Rounds: 3-1-1
 
Ricky "Hitman" Hatton
Born: Stockport, England
Resides: Manchester, England
Height: 5' 7 1/2"
Reach: 65"
Current Titles Held: Ring Magazine Junior Welterweight (140 lbs.)
Former Titles Held: WBA Welterweight (147 lbs.), WBA, IBF Light Welterweight (140 lbs.)
Professional Record: 45-1, 32 KOs
Record in World Title Fights: 7-1, 4 KOs
Record at 140 lbs.: 40-0
Record in Fights Going 12 Rounds: 8-0

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