Hatton picks Mayweather to win a dull decision in prospective Pacquiao fight

23 Nov

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

On paper, a welterweight world championship unification between the top two consensus pound-for-pound fighters on the planet – WBC belt-holder Floyd Mayweather Jr and WBO titlist Manny Pacquiao – represents an intriguing, must-see match-up, however, Englishman Ricky Hatton, whose two career defeats were inflicted upon him by the aforementioned pugilists, believes Floyd would win a unanimous decision in a humdrum dust-up.

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Speaking to The Telegraph, Hatton – now a promoter – said the fight, should it be booked: “could be an anti-climax because it could easily be a wide points decision for Floyd over Manny.”

Hatton met Mayweather (42-0-0, 26ko) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas in 2007. An undefeated brawler, Hatton played Pied Piper to a considerably large and vocal British fanbase who had witnessed him take apart Hall-of-Fame fighter Kostya Tszyu in 2005, becoming The Ring and the IBF super lightweight world championship incumbent in the process. Further world title fights followed, as did notable victories over Luis Collazo and Jose Luis Castillo. Then he fought Floyd and, following a couple of competitive early rounds, he was decisively dissected en route to a tenth round technical knockout.

Two years later, in 2009 and in what was to be his last bout, Hatton fought Pacquiao, again at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, however, questionable preparations were believed to have jeopardised his readiness for what lay ahead and an unforgiving Pacman (54-3-2, 38ko) crushed him – repeatedly – with his famed left hook.

In the Filipino fighter’s most recent outing, he struggled to a debatable majority decision verdict over Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez: “I thought Manny had problems with Marquez’s style and maybe he would always have problems with that style,” commented The Hitman. “Pacquiao is a pure fighter. On the strength of that contest and performance, it is hard to see how Manny would beat Floyd Mayweather if they actually ever meet in a ring.

“I know people really talk that fight up, and are really excited about it happening, but I actually think that though people are talking about it as one of the biggest fights of all time, it could actually be an anti-climax because it could be a wide points decision for Floyd over Manny.”

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