2009 Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton logo2009 Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton

Why Manny Pacquiao's Victory over Hatton is Good for Boxing

LAS VEGAS - MAY 02:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines reacts after knocking down Ricky Hatton of England 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)
Collin GalanosContributor IMay 4, 2009

Now we know why Godzilla decided to keep his stomping grounds restricted to the vicinity of Tokyo. He was avoiding Manny Pacquiao.

Ricky Hatton should have exercised similar good judgment and stayed in Manchester. The fight wasn’t even close.

Who could’ve seen it coming? Most of the experts probably didn’t and Ricky Hatton certainly couldn’t. Sure, I saw Pacquiao winning the fight before they even stepped into the ring, but I didn’t expect it to end as devastatingly as it did, or as quickly as it did.

The difference in speed showed up right away, but the one-punch power against a strong, true Jr. Welterweight was a surprise. Looking back at it, it's easy to agree.

With Hatton’s face-first style, he practically impaled himself on Pac Man’s fist, much like an overzealous gladiator throwing himself onto the sword of his foe.

We saw it happen against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in December of 2007, and we saw it against PacMan. Pacquiao just hit the button sooner.

This is testimony to the fact that nobody puts together a fight plan as well as Freddie Roach, especially when he’s coaching a talented fighter like Pacquiao, who can do anything in a boxing ring.

We knew Freddie Roach had a battle plan, but we didn’t know how effective it would be against a retooled Hit Man. We know now. 

Ricky Hatton looked more like the Hittable Man than the Hit Man. He was out before his body hit the canvas.

The Filipino fighter dashed Hatton’s hopes of becoming the world's No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter by way of a brutal second round KO.

At least Hatton didn’t suffer through eight rounds of battery like Manny’s previous victim, Oscar De La Hoya, did several months ago.

Pacquiao is, indeed, the pound-for-pound king, even if Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced his return to boxing.

With the way that things turned out, the stage for a fresh new drama is unfolding with Hattton out of the picture.

Perhaps the boxing gods will grant fans what they truly want. I can see the card’s title now, “Pacquiao vs Matweather—a Clash of Kings."

Mayweather is undefeated and Pacquiao is seemingly unbeatable. What makes the matchup more interesting is the vulnerability that Pacquiao showed with his two close calls against Marquez, the man whom Mayweather will be fighting this July.

Pacquiao made quick work of Hatton and De La Hoya, just like Mayweather.

Regardless of what fights await us, fans are in for some great matches. Mayweather-Pacquiao or Pacquiao-Marquez would both be amazing.

Some day we may even get to see Pacquiao-Godzilla. Smart money would be on Pacquiao.

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