May 2 would be a blockbuster affair as Britain’s best boxer Ricky Hatton will square off with pound per pound king Manny Pacquiao. The opposing stance between an Orthodox and a Southpaw will end with a more bloodied and drastic moments in boxing. There are no excuses this time and certainly no mismatch and it’s a tossed coin between them.
Let’s look at the tale of the tape and notable fights and try to assist who’s the better boxer in paper.
Tale of the tape:
Record: 48 (36 KO) – 3-2
Record: 45 (35 KO) -1
Basically the same age with only 1 inch height difference but Manny has a 2 inch advantage in terms of reach so that equates the height. With almost an identical record the tale of the tape is more or less competitive with neither one of them enjoying a lead.
Ricky Hatton: With only one defeat on his record, Hatton have fought a number of quality opponents. Moving up in weight isn’t a good idea for Ricky as he was knockout against former pound per pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. in round 10. He was widely known after a grueling battle against the legendary Kostya Tsyzu wherein he won in the 11th round. Hatton mainly fought on his homeland winning most of his fights with unknown fighters. He stepped up to the challenge and fought notable fighters with the likes of Jose Luis Castillo, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Paul Malignaggi. Although Ricky has fought mostly on the light welterweight division moving up with the big guns in welterweight is certainly not his forte. He is the king of light welterweights and if Manny wants to stay in his division then he has to pay his due.
Manny Pacquiao: Known as the Mexecutioner after defeating three future hall of famers in boxing beating Marco Antonio Barrera, Eric Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez all in their prime. Manny has fought mainly on quality fighters but his most notable fight would be his 3 fight division hopping last year fighting Marquez in a rematch for the superfeatherweight division then jumping to lightweight to claim the WBC title against David Diaz and fighting Oscar De La Hoya as a welterweight on their December dream fight clash. Moving down to 140 would be best for Manny and fighting Hatton is the logical thing to do. They both have good fan base and a fight between them could generate a lot of money and most of all it could solidify their claim to greatness
Although Manny has the edge in notable fights but we also have to remember that most of his fights are below the superfeatherweight limit. His fights above 130lbs. are only with Diaz and De La Hoya compared to Hatton who is a 140lb. mainstay. Though there isn’t any mismatch between Manny but Hatton with his pressure punching can surely land better shots than Oscar. Manny will have to double his preparation this time.
With still months to go and no papers have been signed yet anything can still happen. But no matter who and where they fight it’s inevitable that sooner or soonest time they will eventually clash. The two pound per pound best with the world watching, the winner takes it all.