Ricky Hatton steps back into the ring against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The fight is expected to decide the current best pound for pound fighter on the planet. I think many people agree though that should Floyd Mayweather Jr ever step back in the ring, that could all change yet again. Filipino superstar Pacquiao, a former world champion at four different weights, is odds-on favourite with the bookmakers to win the fight in front of a sell-out crowd of 16,000.
Hatton has already started his war of words, labelling Manny Pacquiao one-dimensional ahead of their light-welterweight super-fight in Las Vegas.
Hatton said: “Manny fights the same way all the time. He’s effective at what he does but he’s not a versatile fighter.
“He’s never met a man as fiery, ferocious or rough as me, and certainly not as big and strong.
“I don’t think Manny is the most elusive. He comes very square-on and he’s there to be hit.”
“If he gets hit he’s going to get hit by the biggest man he’s ever faced,” said Hatton, 30, who has been beaten just once in 46 fights.
Pacquiao demolished Oscar de la Hoya in his debut at welterweight last December but Hatton dismissed his win;
“I don’t think Manny has fought at this weight before. With respect to Oscar, he was fighting a punching bag that night.”
After Ricky’s win over Paulie Malignaggi last November, Hatton is again training with Floyd Mayweather Sr,and maintains he is now a far better fighter than the one who was knocked out in 10 rounds by Mayweather’s son, Floyd Jr, in December 2007.
“I think the Mayweather fight really changed my career,” said Hatton. “I had too many fights where there was no real thought in the way I was fighting and that culminated in my loss to Floyd [Jr].
“I said to myself, ‘come on Ricky, you’ve always had the ability, you just aren’t using it any more’.
“That’s why I went to work with Floyd [Sr]. And I think you’ve already seen the difference.”
Manny is quicker and a technically better fighter than Hatton, however given his strength I can see Hatton finishing the fight in the 8th round. However Legend and Manny Trainer Freddie Roach believes his fighter will finish Hatton in the third! WOW
As you would expect the fight will be beamed live to millions and you can catch all the action on Sky Box Office.