“I wanna hold em like they do in Texas Plays, Fold em let em hit me raise it…” an excerpt of Lady Gaga’s no.1 hit Poker face…
This is what Ricky Hatton’s game plan come this Saturday when he exchange gloves with pound per pound king Manny Pacquiao although this is not encourage but this is the only way to frustrate Manny. Hold, fold and hit Ricky has to do all that if he wants to win against the Filipino phenom. Manny on the other hand will have to double more on head movements going side to side instead of coming forward. This time there would be no questions about mismatch like the Dela Hoya fight or how Manny takes a punch in the bigger weights there would be no doubt if Hatton can take a much quicker opponent like the way he handled Paulie Malignaggi. It’s dead even and the better fighter always comes out victorious in the end. I would base my fearless forecast in three aspects which is speed, power and execution I will try to cover all the bases without any biased or prejudice.
It’s Manny’s bread and butter but what makes it a powerful and deadly weapon is the power behind it. The formula behind speed would be distance against time and Manny always finds the right leverage to produce short routes towards his opponent’s body. Ricky Hatton’s stoppage against Paulie Malignaggi made a statement about how he deals with faster opponents but Malignaggi doesn’t have the power to boost his speed. Speed kills and it would take a very strong body shot to slow down Manny.
Hatton is clearly the big man in the ring a natural light welterweight who never tasted defeat on this division. He would bulldoze his way against Manny who never tasted real action while moving up. David Diaz was a sitting duck and Oscar gave little resistance so this would be Manny’s biggest test so far after moving up in weight.
No matter how sound or how technical Hatton will be in fight night he will still be back to his old brawler days simply because its how he plays the game. The addition of Mayweather Sr. would improve his technical side but like they say you cannot teach old dogs new tricks. Execution plays a vital role and Manny has a slight advantage on that department. Yeah anybody can beat an old and dehydrated Dela Hoya or a lesser athletic champion in Diaz but the manner Manny Pacquiao performs it was one of his best technical and almost perfect execution.
Still it’s anybody’s ball game… One punch can make a difference…
My fearless forecast will have to go to Manny by KO in round 5.
This Saturday we will all be anticipating one of boxing’s greatest showdowns… let’s see who’s wearing a Poker Face…
Lady Gaga take it from here…
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