Pacquiao-Hatton: Manny Had the Hitman at Hello

Bill CodyCorrespondent IIIMay 3, 2009

LAS VEGAS - MAY 02:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines stands over Ricky Hatton of England after knocking him out in the second round during their junior welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Well, thank goodness Ricky Hatton is okay. I think a lot of people were worried he might not get up after he got knocked out by pound for pound champion Manny Pacquiao.

I think it was obvious the "Hitman" knew he didn't have a chance from the opening bell, because instead of fighting Ricky tried to hold and grab.  But it didn't work because Manny Pacquiao was quicker, hit harder and was even stronger than the brave Brit.

So, now all the Manny haters can start with the Floyd Mayweather, Jr. talk. But you know what. Floyd can't beat the Pac-Man either. And I'm not even sure Floyd WILL fight him after last night.

As Larry Merchant pointed out on the HBO broadcast Floyd doesn't like to fight people who might be able to beat him, and Manny will knock Floyd silly if he hits him. Which means Floyd will most likely run away and the judges won't favor Floyd if he refuses to fight. Not after Pacquiao has proven that he, not Mayweather is the best fighter pound for pound.

(Oh, for those people like this site's own Stroker MacIntosh, here's how it works. Floyd, Jr. barely beats De La Hoya. The Pac-Man beats him up. Floyd, Jr. takes ten rounds for the ref to step in and stop his fight with Hatton, Manny puts Ricky to sleep in two rounds. That's called scoreboard Stroker. And Manny wins every time.)

But back to the fight. I knew Manny would win easily, but I didn't think it would be that easy. But then again, Hatton has never been hit that hard in his life.

And although, Floyd, Jr has quick feet I think its safe to say Ricky had never seen that kind of hand speed either.

That left Ricky with one option, grab and hold. But Manny was too strong for Ricky and although he got little help from the Ref in round one he was able to slide away and hit Ricky almost at will.

The most telling exchange of the night was on the second knockdown in round one, when the Pac-Man delivered a knockdown punch and still managed to duck a wild punch thrown by Hatton. After he knocked Hatton to the mat!

The only question to be answered after this fight, is how some people and some so called experts will try to diminish Manny's accomplishments. But not to worry, Pacquiao will answer everything that is thrown at him.

And then sail off into the Philippine sunset.