Pacquiao-Hatton: The Ballad of Two Brave Warriors (Part 2 of 2)

John Louie RamosSenior Writer IApril 18, 2009

HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 30:  Professional boxer Ricky Hatton and professional boxer Manny Pcquiao attend 'The Battle of East and West', a promotion for the May 2, 2009 World Junior Welterweight Championship boxing match held at the Roosevelt Hotel on March 30, 2009 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Ricky Hatton, the pride of Manchester has been on top of the jr. welterweight division for a considerable amount of time.

He has fought the best his division has to offer.

Kostya Tszyu, Paulie Malignaggi, Jose Luis Castillo great names. Great warriors who succumbed to Hatton’s powerful flurries.

Still, the dilemma of a Ricky Hatton is the fact that the he was often labeled as a one-dimensional brawler that almost always comes forward without any concern on defense.

His career defining moments were often marred with thoughts of “what if”

What if...he had fought Tszyu and Castillo during their prime years.

What if...he had fought a healthy, two-fisted Malignaggi.

Hatton throughout his career wasn’t given the benefit of the doubt. He was always this and that. He won because his opponent was this and that.

However, I firmly believe that Hatton with all due respect to Marquez will be the toughest challenge that’ll come Manny Pacquiao’s way.

Through the years Hatton had mastered the art of pressure fighting. He is a dangerous opponent with a very dangerous punch.

In recent fight predictions and forecast of the Pacquiao-Hatton duel. Hatton always seems to fall on the losing end of the stick.

There have been daring and bold predictions of an early round knockout victory for Pacquiao. Other so-called “expert” quoted that Hatton is tailor-made for Pacquiao.

I really don’t know how they come up with such predictions but believe me Hatton will come to fight. He isn’t going to roll over and die.

East meets west…

Two separate worlds in faraway continents…

Millions of people anticipating the moment of truth…

One superfight that’ll be remembered for years to come…

Two brave ring gladiators…

The one out to prove he’s still the best…

The other out to prove that he can be the best…

When the curtain falls and all is said and done, only one man will reign supreme. One will enjoy the sweetness of victory while the other will taste the bitterness of failure.

Only one man is destined continue the ballad of his boxing career.