Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton—Why PacMan Will Win

William FordCorrespondent IMay 2, 2009

LAS VEGAS - MAY 01:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines poses after stepping on the scale at 138 pounds during the weigh-in for his junior welterweight title fight against Ricky Hatton of England at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 1, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Tonight Manny "PacMan" Pacquiao takes on Ricky Hatton in what has been billed as a fight between two of the best welterweights in the world. 

Many are picking PacMan because of his speed and the way he disposed of Oscar De La Hoya in his last fight.

I think they are reading too much into the De La Hoya victory. 

Oscar was a shell of his old self and with the weight problems he had going into the fight. He looked like the weaker, smaller fighter. 

That being said, I think PacMan wins this fight because he is simply better. 

Hatton has one thing going for him, and one thing only: This is the fifth different weight class that PacMan will be fighting in, and Hatton is a naturally bigger fighter at 140 pounds. That may help him in the later rounds because maybe, just maybe, he will be able to slow down PacMan and beat him up on the inside.

If that happens Hatton will win this fight.

I just cant see that happening.

PacMan is just too fast. And that left hand will penetrate the much-improved defense of Hatton. He will move in and out on Hatton and will frustrate him with quick movements and hard, fast punches.

PacMan will win in the ninth round by TKO. Hatton will be bloodied and battered by then, unable to go on.

PacMan's win will set up a possible bout later this fall with Floyd "Money" Mayweather. 

Mayweather has a fight scheduled with PacMan's rival, Juan Manuel Marquez, for July 18. If, or should I say when, Mayweather comes out victorious the MEGA FIGHT will probably be set for some time in November.

Mayweather vs PacMan is what the boxing world wants. 

PacMan is the reason Floyd has come out of "retirement." It gives him a real challenge and, more importantly, another big pay day. PacMan is the one fighter Floyd can break the bank with and solidify his legacy with a victory.

Mayweather-PacMan would be a fight watched all over the world by true fight fans and non-fans alike. It could break the pay-per-view revenue record held by Mayweather-De La Hoya. 

It could be the Fight of the Century.

Then again, Hatton could surprise us tonight and ruin the dream. 

I just dont see it happening.