It's Pacman in the later rounds!
Why, you ask? Well, both Pacman and Hatton are fighters whose orientation is attack, attack, and attack some more!
Both boxers place very little concern on their defense, as compared to their offense.
Definitely, in boxing, unlike with most competitive sports, "it's better to give than to receive!"
Hatton's stamina is a primary suspect, especially in his last few outings. Could he be feeling age creeping in? It was also said that the reason he changed his trainer is that he no longer can execute his old style of fighting, which included crowding his opponent throughout the fight.
He needs a breather, so to speak. That is why he needed a defense specialist.
On the other hand, Paquiao has the tendency to just cover and allow his opponent to give him his best shots. This was clearly seen in his fight against Oscar de la Hoya.
Paquiao is also a mindless boxer when cornered on the ropes. Roach is aware of this. Thus, his strict instructions to Manny is to keep away from the ropes, as much as possible.
I believe that Manny could be having an attack of " claustrophobia," when cornered in the ropes.
Thus, the boxer who can better manage his defenses has the better chance of preserving that all important stamina for the later rounds.
I pick Paquiao over Hatton in this department. But mind you, the boxing world shall shudder in disbelief in how these two boxers could ever withstand those killer blows in the early rounds.
Manny's punches to Hatton's chin and jaws could open nasty cuts and result in a swollen face.
And Hatton's killer body shots could floor even the greatest of them all!
In the end, I pick Paquiao to win by KO on the 10th to the 12th rounds. At that point of the match, the boxer who has successfully managed his defenses has that little extra stamina to win in the the final push.
This is going to be a very exciting match—better than the Thrilla in Manila or the Herns-Hagler Classic!
This is going to be WAR!
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