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Speed vs. Power

The media war is getting louder and louder between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton’s camp.

A verbal tussle that could serve well for media people because they’ve got interesting human sidelights to write just before the much-anticipated May 2 (May 3 here in Manila) championship fight where Hatton gets to defend his International Boxing Organization light welterweight belt against Pacquiao.

Pacquiao in fighting form

Pacquiao in fighting form

Hatton ready to mix it up

Hatton: Out to prove a point

Though Pacquiao had his own share of “distractions” last month (remember the ABS-CBN exclusive broadcast rights that didn’t materialize after all?), the country’s boxing pride has been sharp, fast and never missed a bit according to Roach and former world heavyweight champion Michael Moorer, who acts as assistant trainer of Pacquiao.

Pacquiao maintains a strict training regiment—early Monday jogging, an afternoon sparring with two unbeaten pro fighters Urbano Antillon (super featherweight) and Mike Alvarado, Jr. (welterweight). Both fighters carry identical 25-0 win-loss card with 18 knockouts.

Certainly, Roach and his entourage of ring trainers are leaving no stones unturned in adding on to Pacquiao’s continued rise to prominence in the boxing world.

The Pacman hopes to cash in on his speed and add the light welterweight title to his collection of boxing world title belts. Currently he is the reigning WBC lightweight champion.

He is coming off a clinical eighth round technical knockout victory against Oscar dela Hoya, whose “golden boy” image was reduced to a bloody mess.

On the other hand, Hatton has never lost in the light welterweight division. His pro boxing record includes 45 wins and 1 loss, spiked by 32 knockouts.

His lone loss came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. via a 10th round stoppage on 2007. Having fought at an even heavier division, boxing aficionados’ concern for Pacquiao is whether the Filipino four-division boxing champ, could handle the punching power of Hatton.

Well, it’s less than 2 weeks before the D-Day…who do you think will win? Pacquiao or Hatton?


2 Responses to “Speed vs. Power”

  1. I hope that Hatton destroys him and gets a rematch with Mayweather. A lot of people think Hatton can’t beat this guy, but I think it’s going to be much closer than people think…

  2. Hatton destroys who? Pacman? So he gets a rematch with Floyd M. Jr.? it will surely go down the wire if both will be “careful” in the ring, but should the Pacman be aggressive from the start to finish, I think Pacquiao can get the upperhand against Hatton

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