Rage and Fury!
That is the best way to explain this fight. Which fighter will best control the urge and tendency to be aggressive to the point to were it's reckless. I am not a fan of either fighter, but watching them fight over the past 18-24 months has been very eye opening.
The edge in this fight goes to Hatton—yes, Hatton—and here is the reason why. The fight that most people look to as a measuring stick for Pacquiao is his fight with De La Hoya. I would like to point out that De La Hoya is and always will be an overrated fighter. With that said, let's break down this fight.
The edge in speed will go to the Pacquiao, he is smaller and should be quicker. Look for Pacquiao to attempt to use the same tactics used in the De la Hoya fight, constant circling. Another thing to look for is a body attack, during the build up on HBO's 24/7, they show Pacquiao working on attacking the body more this fight as compared to the fight with De La Hoya.
The power edge is without a doubt in favor of Hatton. I notice in his fight with Paulie Malignaggi that Hatton has decent punching power. He also didn't wrestle as much as he did in his past fights. Although Ricky is a pressure fighter he has the ability to box, and that, coupled with his punching power, gives him the edge.
The corner edge goes to Hatton. I have nothing against Freddie Roach, but name a fighter outside of Pacquiao that he's trained from the start of their career to championship status beyond Pacquiao. Tyson, Moorer, Toney were all fighters who held titles prior to working with Roach.
Another thing to consider is Roach's awful work with De La Hoya. Another thing that I dont like about Manny's corner situation is the addition of Michael Moorer. It seems to me that he is only around to get some of the spot light that comes with being around Pacquiao. Hatton has Mayweather Sr. in his corner and that will help Hatton. Mayweather Sr. was in the corner of the then unknown Chad Dawson when he won his first light heavyweight title.
I look for this fight to go to the later part of the 12 round fight. I wouldn't be suprise to see both fighter on the canvas at some point. However, Manny's fights with Diaz, and De La Hoya have not prepared him for his tangle with Ricky. I am going to gamble and give the fight to Hatton by split decision.
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