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Pacquiao’s power proves far too much for Hatton
After his devastating second-round knockout victory over Ricky Hatton it appears there are no limits to Filipino Manny Pacquiao’s ability… It’s just a shame he can’t continue his jolly stroll through the weight classes and breathe some life into the heavyweight division.
The power and strength he brought from flyweight through to light-welterweight was nothing short of phenomenal. Preposterous idea though it is, who says he couldn’t beat the slothful Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko?
We all expected him to be lightening quick but few predicted the power he brought to the 10-stone limit.
The left hand he landed just before the bell at the end of the second round will probably win him Ring Magazine’s Knockout of the Year award such was the precision and power.
The shockwaves even managed to silence Hatton’s deafening hoard of loyal followers from belting out their slightly tedious (on the hundredth listen) “only one Ricky Hatton” anthem.
The Briton may have his limitations but he was always considered durable. He ridiculously took 10 rounds of punishment before falling to the much bigger Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2007 but he had no answer to the hammer hands of the Filipino southpaw.
Hatton seemed to forget the lessons learnt on his jab and defence with trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr once “Pac Man” rocked him in the opening round. The Brit switched on the auto-pilot and went back to his brawler style which has no place in boxing any more. Saturday is likely to be his final action in a ring.
Meanwhile Pacquiao’s victory has cemented his place in boxing as a future hall-of-famer and still pound-4-pound king. Any doubts critics had about the credibility of his stoppage of Oscar de la Hoya because of the American’s limp, weight-drained performance were blown away with a six minute barrage of controlled blows on Saturday night.
His foray through the weight-classes will probably now end as he will be a man in demand with fighters chasing him. Welterweights Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto have both been mooted but a match-up against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas at Christmas is the most likely option.
And then one of the Klitschkos perhaps? If only…
PHOTO: Manny Pacquiao of the Phillippines (R) lands a punch on Ricky Hatton of Britain in the second round of their Super Lightweight World Championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2, 2009. REUTERS/Steve Marcus