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The Reuters global sports blog

Pacquiao needs to watch Hatton’s power


The bookmakers and pundits are confidently predicting a win for pound-4-pound king Manny Pacquiao in Saturday’s Las Vegas showdown against Ricky Hatton but I’m not so sure its that easy to call.

I can see their argument though; the Filipino southpaw (48-3-2) is the best fighter on the planet. He has speed, he has power, he has a good chin and the heart of a lion and I’m yet to spot a weakness in his armoury.

He has walked through divisions, claiming world titles in four different weights and with Hatton’s IBO light-welterweight belt on the line, he could make it five in a fight being billed as “The Battle of East and West.”

He was lined-up by Oscar de la Hoya as a suitably big-named, beatable opponent but “Pac-Man” didn’t lose a minute of their one-sided December contest that ended when De La Hoya retired on his stool after eight rounds.

Golden boy De La Hoya call it a day


I am not a big aficionado of boxing but I know this guy is the best around.

Oscar De La Hoya, who has held world titles in six different weight classes, announced his retirement from the ring on Tuesday.

“When I can’t compete at the highest level, it’s not fair. It’s not fair to me, it’s not
fair to the fans, it’s not fair to nobody. I’ve come to the conclusion that’s over, it’s over inside the ring for me,” the 36-year-old Los Angeles native said.