Ricky Hatton-Manny Pacquiao: Fight Analysis and Predictions

Edd Benedict DensingContributor IApril 1, 2009

A lot of factors have to be considered to determine who will be victorious at the May 2 fight between Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao against Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton.

Both fighters possess extraordinary skills and talents that could lure their opponents into defeats and even into retirements, because of their total toughness, dominance, and destructions.

That is why fans, the crowd, and the people in the boxing world are not sure who the winner will be.

Here are the aspects that need to be considered in winning this match.

1. Punching Power

Both fighters were known as hard hitters. They are both capable of knocking out their opponents or break their opponents round by round. Most people consider Hatton as more powerful compared to Pacquiao with regards to their punching power, but I think Manny’s punching power is more upsetting.

As Manny climbed to the higher weight class he was able to knock out his bigger and skilled opponents or send them to the canvass. Hatton failed to do it against bigger and “Class A” opponents.

2. Speed

Pacquiao definitely has the edge in terms of the speed. Although Hatton is not slow, Pacquiao showed and proved this may times, specifically in his fights against Oscar de la Hoya.

Through his speed, Pacquiao was able to draw near, then land his power punches in combos. This avoided the counter punch from the opponents. As David Diaz said, “I can handle his power but not his speed.”

If Hatton couldn’t be able to handle the speed of Pacquiao then he will eat those massive amounts of power punches and fall to the canvass.

3. Agility

Agility in boxing is the ability of a boxer to move side to side in order to create space, to dish in and dish out, to connect punches, and to avoid counterpunches from the opponents.

It is certain to say Pacquiao has the agility between himself and Hatton. Pacquiao could easily connect a hard shot from the outside and the inside while Hatton needs to come closer just to hit him.
4. Stamina

No doubt, these two great fighters have the best stamina in boxing. They can go more than 12 rounds of boxing with non-stop action. Both fighters are aggressor and relentless.

The only concern here is how they will maintain their good stamina during the fight. I’m a little bit concerned of Hatton’s stamina than Pacquiao, because of videos I’ve seen of Ricky’s previous fights.

As Hatton got hit in these videos, he could no longer maintain his poise and gestures inside the ring. He would then grab, hold, and hug his opponents, although Hatton’s durability and power punching is always there.

5. Durability

I’ll give credit to Hatton on having great durability. He may not have the iron chin, but can stand toe-to-toe all night long to his opponents, and I think his durability has been his key to success.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. did knock Hatton out, but it doesn’t mean he’s not durable. Each one of Hatton’s matches is a total war, toe-to-toe, with non-stop banging and punching.

Out of 46 professional fights, he lost only once.

6. Intelligence

Hatton’s intelligence is narrow, while Pacquiao’s intelligence is broad. Pacquiao defeated so-called skilled, talented, and intelligent fighters the likes of Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Oscar de la Hoya, while Hatton failed a chance to win against the arguably the smartest boxer of all time —Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

On May 2, both fighters will be prepared in their best shape—probably the best shape ever in their entire carrier—ready to give their all, to ruin and be ruined, to shower and be showered in blood.

After analyzing the two boxers’ skills and talents, I am picking Pacquiao via knock out, with the match not passing 10 rounds.