Pacquiao (above) all smiles after his victory over De La Hoya.
Thousands have voted in our poll, the results are in and by a slight margin boxing fans selected Ricky Hatton over Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the opponent they want to see in the ring next with Manny Pacquiao .The margin was very slim as 49% of the voters selected Hatton and 44% selected Mayweather.
So now the fans have spoken and the promoters Golden Boy and Top Rank are working on the details to put together Pacquiao vs Hatton. I am sure working out the details of the fight is a challenge for them however the fun comes when they select the title for this fight.
It goes without saying and at this point in the year it has been written countless times that Pacquiao has achieved greatness in 2008. He is the official pound for pound king of the ring and deserves all the accolades after his victories over Marquez, Diaz, and De La Hoya.
On the other hand Hatton did not have the superstar year that Pacquiao had. However, he was able to record two victories in his two fights and regain the momentum he lost after the Mayweather defeat in December 2007.
Hatton under the guidance of Floyd Mayweather Sr. was able to put together a dominating performance over Paulie Malignaggi which catapulted him into the Pacquiao sweepstakes. So here we are with the books for 2008 about to close and new chapters about to be opened in 2009, with what maybe the most memorable boxing event in history about to be announced.
Ricky Hatton (above) in the media room at the Pacquiao - De La Hoya “Dream Match”
In years past both Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions have promoted great battles featuring the legends of the sport, each great fight also included a great title. As they think about the title for Pacquiao – Hatton here are some of their greatest event titles and battles from their past promotions to help spark their thought process:
1985 - “The Fight” - Hagler vs Hearns
1986 - “SuperFight” - Hagler vs. Leonard
1990 - “The Puncher and the Preacher” - Foreman vs. Cooney
1990 - “Once Is Not Enough” - Toney vs. McCallum
1991 - “Battle of the Ages” - Foreman vs. Holyfield
1993 - “Heavy Damage” - Foreman vs. Coetzer
1996 - “Ultimate Glory” - De La Hoya vs. Chavez
1997 - “Buster on Broadway” - Douglas vs. Ryan in NYC
1999 - “Fight of the Millenium” - De La Hoya vs. Trinidad
2002 - “Bad Blood” - De La Hoya vs Vargas
2006 - “Sworn Enemies” - Mayweather vs. Judah
2007 - “War For Four” - Morales vs. Diaz
2007- “Fast and Furious” Cotto vs Mosley
2008 - “The Battle” - Cotto vs. Margarito
2008 - “Unstoppable” - Pavlik vs. Hopkins
2008 – “Dream Match” – Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya
For Pacquiao first it was the epic rematch battle with Juan Manuel Marquez which was labeled as “Unfinished Business “sandwiched in between the De La Hoya “Dream Match” we had Pacquiao Diaz “Lethal Combination.”
As for Hatton his fight with Malignaggi was called “Power vs Precision.” So what will the marketing geniuses at Top Rank and Golden Boy come up with for their megasode of Pacman vs Hitman?
We have asked around and here are some of the suggestions we got
“Battle of the Generation”
“Battle of the Planets”
”Clash of the Storms”
“Thunder vs Lightening”
My personal favorite title is Pacman vs Hitman “A Battle for the Fans” both fighters have huge fan bases in their own countries and beyond. When Pacquiao fights the Philippines is at a standstill so that they can watch their hero. Hatton fans travel by the tens of thousands to see him fight, which make him the leading box office draw.
The fans provide the energy, support and desire they need to reach beyond expectations. Pacman and Hitman inside the ring always demonstrate their loyalty to their fans with their attacking and never give up styles. So why not title this one Pacman vs Hitman “A Battle for the Fans"?
Please email me your title suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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