As Ricky Hatton lay motionless in the cold canvass people who were ecstatic of a Pacquiao win turned their eyes on Ricky who struggled to get up and was rushed by medical ringside doctors.
The hard-drinking lifestyle, the growing feud between his coach Mayweather Sr. and the struggle to keep up at the 140 lb weight limit has slowly accumulated on Ricky. It was evident while Ricky was on his way to the ring he let out a deep breath and was clearly nervous. He knew he was up against the no.1 pound per pound fighter in the world and knew his actions are limited when pitted against clever and fast punchers. Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao exposed Ricky’s weakness when he cocks his right hand to unload his power which is susceptible to a left hook and an open chin. The Hitman believes he has a bigger chance against a smaller man in Manny but what he failed to see that he was up against a smaller man who has bigger fists than anyone he has fought for.
Manny Pacquiao has proven time and time again that he can surely handle the bigger weights in boxing after starting as a 106lb fighter. He can fight anybody at this stage in his career. Morales, Barrera, Marquez, Diaz and Dela Hoya downplayed Manny’s speed saying they can handle what the Filipino has to offer and Hatton fall into that prey. The only way to beat Manny is to be technical and to pick some spots to control his aggression. Marquez came close to that but failed twice to dethrone Manny.
Ricky after his devastating loss will have to think hard about his future. He doesn’t need the money and he has a beautiful fiancé and a loving son. A sub par performance against Juan Lazcano and when Paulie Malignaggi had his moments against Ricky wasn’t enough to call it a day. Maybe Pacquiao’s hard left hook would make him think twice about boxing, a rude awakening for one of England’s greatest boxer.