Comments on: Pacquiao’s power proves far too much for Hatton The Reuters global sports blog Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:27:51 +0000 hourly 1 By: Jimbo Tue, 05 May 2009 09:51:18 +0000 i agree people are writing off hatton’s career a bit too quickly. he’s still increidbly popular, so why not fight on? he’ll never be the best now but he could still keep his fans happy with a few more fights

By: Grant Tue, 05 May 2009 07:27:57 +0000 As a keen Ricky fan I didn’t see this coming at all. I felt if it went the distance, Ricky would struggle to outpoint Manny but if it started out a fight with both men swinging one decent punch could floor Manny.

As it happens, Ricky got caught once in the 1st round, the 2nd knock down he was off balance and it wasn’t a clean punch. But in the 2nd round, Ricky got some good shots in and you have to give Manny credit for standing up to these.

They would probably have been the hardest shots he’s ever faced so clearly even if Hatton had survived the 2nd round I don’t think he would have gone on to win a slug fest in the early rounds. However it would have been nice to see him trying to just see out that 2nd round and give himself the chance.

As it was, it was the same old Ricky pressing forward, attacking and swining that led to his downfall. I guess that’s why he’s made more money than any other British boxer and could easilly box on despite two bad defeats in Vegas.

I guess also you could say that with Manny moving up in weight, his training would have been far less punishing. He could eaten what he liked, done plenty more weights, not have had to do so much running or had to drop weight in the days prior to the fight.

I’m sure that is a factor for the ease of his victory, but I think you have to say the best boxer won.

However I think Ricky should box on. Hopefully a big all UK fight in Manchester, he doesn’t deserve his final memories of a good career to be hobbling out of the MGM Grand after being put on his back.