Pac-Man: South-Paw Special

Joseph BurkeyAnalyst IMay 4, 2009

LAS VEGAS - MAY 02:  (R-L) Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines connects with a right to the head of Ricky Hatton of England in their junior welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao defeated Hatton by 2nd round TKO.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Gone away is the Hit-Man. Here to stay is the Pac-Man. Walking along, singing a song. Walking in a lefty wonderland. There's only one Ricky Hatton, but he's seeing about four or five Manny Pacquiaos right now.

Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao took south-paw boxing to new heights Saturday night, unleashing precision power and dangerous quickness en route to what was eventually ruled a second-round TKO victory over Ricky "Hit-Man" Hatton.

What I saw was no TKO. Hatton was over it. He was done. Asleep on the floor like me after too much tequila. Please Ricky, no more. You seem like too nice a fellow. It would be better if we got a pint at the pub and watched the Manchester United match on the tele. We'd rather not see you looking worse than Freddy Roach in five years because you wanted a rematch. You don't want a rematch, do you?

Honestly though, the left-handed Pacquiao is too much to prepare for these days. Finding a lefty sparing partner is one thing. Getting a quick or powerful partner is something else. But there just isn't a partner out there who can prepare you for the Pac-Man. Repeat: it is impossible to prepare for Manny Pacquiao.

It's clear left-handed athletes have an advantage in Baseball. They are headed toward first base naturally after swinging the bat, and they have a clear view of runners on first from the mound.

Even in football, a defense must flip its game plan to account for lefty Quarterbacks.

But in boxing, being a south-paw fighter hasn't been considered a true advantage as it becomes difficult to get fights against quality opponents. Fighting a lefty can throw off your timing and make you look careless and sloppy.

Wait, what?

It's time to consider south-paw style boxing as a real threat, and a treat to watch. If fighters are afraid to fight left-handed foes on a semi-regular basis, how will they ever be able to deal when a  force like Manny Pacquiao comes along?

Um...They won't.