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Manny Pacquiao Destroys Ricky Hatton in 2 One-Sided Rounds: Pacquiao is THE BEST, I’m convinced

Posted by beeshabo on May 4, 2009


First I would like to start off by congratulating Manny Pacquiao on a spectacular performance Saturday, he proved to me why he is the #1 P4P fighter in the sport, because since his debatable win against the always brave Juan Manuel Marquez in March of last year, Manny hasn’t really done much in my eyes to claim the #1 spot in the P4P rankings. Sure he has won his last 3 fights in 3 different weight divisions (130, 135 & 147), but they were not against “the best” the division had to offer. David Diaz, although a Title holder, was not the best Lightweight around, at the time Manny moved up from 130lbs to 135lbs, Nate Campbell and Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor were recognized as the two best Lightweights in the world, but Manny elected to face the not so dangerous David Diaz. In De La Hoya, we had a fighter who had not fought at the Welterweight limit in more than 7 years, and who had also only fought 4 times since losing to Bernard Hopkins in 2004, he was in no way the best at Welterweight, or the best in any division in boxing for that matter. Yes, I know, I picked De La Hoya to beat Pacquiao, I even had an article written on why I felt Oscar would win, but I really had no idea how making 147lbs would affect Oscar, but it indeed was the reason he fought so poorly, after seeing Oscar step into the ring the night he faced Pacquiao, I knew, it was over.

Even then, I still gave Manny the benefit of the doubt, the world felt he was the best, and how can I argue, I was simply waiting for a time that he could prove it to me, and boy, did he ever prove it so dramatically.

Hatton vs Pacquiao: My thoughts

I for one, did not know who would win the fight, both fighters possessed great skills, along with some weaknesses, it was just up to each of them to fight the perfect fight, and it so happened to be Pacquiao who not only stuck to his game plan, but executed is so perfectly, that he ultimately ended the fight, with the perfect punch.

Okay, it’s no secret that Manny Pacquiao has one of the best straight left hands in boxing, but no one really knew much about his right hook, but I did. In my keys to victory for Manny, I stated, “Hatton’s jab is often used as a blinder, and at times, it falls short, Manny hopes this is the case more often than not, if Hatton’s jab falls short, Manny can really land that Right Hook”, that’s pretty much what happened, although it was Hatton’s left hook that was telegraphed and continuously falling short, either way, Manny’s right hook was beautiful. In the opening round, Hatton’s game plan seemed to fly straight out the window, immediately resulting to his old mauling brawling style, keeping his head very stationery as he blitzed in with his hands low, the biggest mistake you can make against a tornado like Pacquiao, and Hatton paid the price, big time. Hatton was dropped in round one with a perfectly timed right hook, Hatton seemed shaken, but didn’t seem badly hurt. Hatton got up at the count of 8, with no skill or will to survive, Hatton once against stepped into the fire, Pacman again poured it on and dropped Hatton for the second time with 8 seconds left in the round. In round 2, Manny continued to time Hatton, landing right hooks and lead lefts anytime Hatton cocked his arms to fire, with 8 seconds left in the round, Manny landed the most perfect left cross anyone can ever land, and Hatton was put to sleep before even hitting the canvas, it was shocking.

With this win, Manny Pacquiao earned the #1, I mean,  it was a brilliant performance by the Filipino slugger, he completely annihilated Ricky Hatton, a fighter who was unbeaten at 140lbs, and Manny made it look easy.

What’s next for the Filipino sensation? ‘Money’ Mayweather?

Stay tuned……


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