|Two Boxing Predictions for Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton
Compiled by Benny Henderson Jr., DoghouseBoxing (May 2, 2009)
Brandon Estrict: I may be in the minority here, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Freddie Roach will rescue Manny Pacquiao in the 10th or 11th round. It really can go either way though, and if Manny can land that straight left consistently enough, I think it's going to set up a KO with the right hook, the lead hand and a punch that Hatton may not see coming, out of the southpaw style.
With the recent news of a rift between Hatton and Mayweather as well, I'm not as confident in my pick. But I did like the small improvements that Ricky showed against Malignaggi, and trust that another training camp with Mayweather has him as sharp as ever.
As long as they can put their problems to the side and focus on the prize, I see him being able to slip enough left hands to get inside and grind Pacquiao down. I don't see Manny will offset Hatton's pressure, so, BOLDY, I will stick with The Hitman.
Hatton TKO 11.
Anthony Cocks: The story of this fight will be who can impose their style most effectively on their opponent. If Hatton can crowd Pacquiao and force an inside fight, the fight will clearly favour the marauding Mancunian. If Pacquiao can keep the fight at mid to long range where he is most effective, the edge will go to the powerful Pinoy. I like Pacquiao to use his superior footwork and underrated right hook to survive some rough moments en route to a close decision.
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