Pride of a Nation: Manny Pacquiao Vs. Ricky Hatton

Phillip SukkeCorrespondent IApril 30, 2009

HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 30:  Trainer Freddie Roach, professional boxer Manny Pacquiao, professional boxer Ricky Hatton and trainer Floyd Mayweather attend 'The Battle of East and West', a promotion for the May 2, 2009 World Junior Welterweight Championship boxing match held at the Roosevelt Hotel on March 30, 2009 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

While both boxers are not necessarily from the United States, Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton have made the U.S. there home away from home while preparing for their bout this Saturday night at the MGM Grand. Pacquiao, fighting out of the Philippines, and Hatton, fighting out of the United Kingdom, have made this stirred up this match-up to global proportions. Both have been training for months for Saturday night, in what might be the biggest boxing match of the year.

This will be Ricky Hatton's second fight under trainer Floyd Mayweather, Sr. Hatton defeated Paulie Malignaggi last November by TKO and currently holds a record of 45-1. Under Mayweather, Hatton has been particularly working on his defense, which tended to be a weakness of his in past bouts. He known to be a brawler rather than boxer, however his overall record does not speak of this.

Fresh off defeating Oscar De La Hoya by TKO last December, Manny Pacquiao experienced a new level of stardom when returning to his home in the Philippines and here in the United States during his training and press tours for the fight. Although he is surprised by the amount of press and attention he receives from fans, he very well should not be, due to his recent success. Pacquiao has not lost since he lost by unanimous decision to Erik Morales in 2005, whom he later beat in their next two fights. Pacquiao holds a record of 48-3-2 and will fight in his fifth weight class of his career, at 140 pounds.

Ricky Hatton has not lost at this weight in his career, while Manny Pacquiao will fight for the first time at this weight, coming down from the 147 pound fight with De La Hoya. The opposing trainers of Freddie Roach and Floyd Mayweather, Sr. both appear to be very confident in each of their fighters abilities and their opponents weaknesses. Whatever the story is about the weight or about the trainers, both boxers hope to be the victor in end while putting on a show as well.

There is no doubt that that these boxers will put on good showing Saturday. The only questions remain which boxer will represent the pride of an entire nation and come out victorious. The Pacman or the Hitman? We will just have to wait and see.