Former Hatton Foes See Pacquiao Victory

Greggy RomualdezCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2009

LONDON - MARCH 02:  Ricky Hatton (L) and Manny Pacquiao arrive at the Imperial War Museum on March 2, 2009 in London, England. Ricky Hatton will fight Manny Pacquiao on Saturday May 2, 2009 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Two fighters defeated by Ricky Hatton do not think the Hitman has what it takes to defeat pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao.

Paul Malignaggi, the last fighter to face Hatton and Luis Collazo, a lefty like Pacquiao who lost a close decision to Hatton--have picked the Pacman to emerge victorious on May 2.

Both fighters were among 20 boxing personalities polled by Ring Magazine on the outcome of the Pacman-Hitman showdown.  17 of them picked Pacquiao to beat Hatton. 

Luckily for Hatton, the fight is not a popularity poll nor will it be determined by the opinion of others.  The outcome will be decided by two men and two sets of fists squaring off like there's no tomorrow.

Apparently the light-hitting Malignaggi and the lefty Collazo are not convinced that Hatton has the skill level to match Pacquiao's.  They are, after all well acquainted with the British brawler. 

On the other hand, former lightweight champion David Diaz, who was KO'd by Pacquiao in the ninth round in wresting the WBA lightweight title put his money on Manny.  He had quite coincidentally predicted a 9th round stoppage of Hatton.

Pretty much like statistics, the opinions of so-called boxing experts are thrown out the door on fight night. 

Remember, no one among the boxing experts (except perhaps Freddie Roach) gave Pacquaio a snow-flake's chance in hell of winning against Oscar De La Hoya.  And we all know how that turned out.

My official prediction: Pacquiao via a brutal sixth round stoppage.  Let me repeat, BRUTAL.