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Hatton-Pacquiao predictions

RICKY HATTON V MANNY PACQUIAO
Venue: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA
Date: Sunday 3 May
Start: Approx: 0400 BST Coverage: Full commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, reports and photos on BBC Sport website, TV coverage on Sky Sports (pay-per-view)

By Ben Dirs

Manchester's light-welterweight king Ricky Hatton fights Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Casino in the early hours of Sunday morning, UK time.

BBC Sport asked some of the biggest names in British boxing for their big-fight predictions.

DAVID HAYE - Heavyweight contender & former cruiserweight world champion
David Haye

"Hatton has taken his career to new heights with his new trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr and a more professional, healthy approach to living between fights.

"I see Hatton winning a very close, hard-fought decision. He may have to get off the floor but he will find a way to win."

KEN BUCHANAN - Former lightweight world champion
Ken Buchanan

"Ricky has been a great ambassador for British boxing for many years and I'll put a couple of bob on him but you can't change Ricky, he's set in how he boxes.

"He goes forward, he's a pressure fighter and against Pacquiao he'll do what he's always done - and Pacquiao, who's a tremendously talented fighter, will be too fast for him."

JOE CALZAGHE - Former super-middle & light-heavyweight world champion
Joe Calzaghe

"It's going to be a tough fight for Ricky but he's got a better chance of beating Manny than Floyd Mayweather Jr [who beat Hatton in 2007].

"Ricky definitely has the height advantage against Pacquiao, so if he can close the range and cut him down he has a great chance of winning. He's got to take his chance."

SIR HENRY COOPER - British heavyweight legend
Sir Henry Cooper

"Hatton should win because he's bigger and heavier - and he's no slouch himself. Hatton found it hard moving up and now Pacquiao is doing the same.

"The first three rounds might be a bit flashy and fast for him but he'll wear Pacquiao down, which is why Hatton will win in the latter rounds."

RICHIE WOODHALL - Former super-middleweight world champion
Richie Wodhall

"I think Pacquiao will cause Hatton all sorts of problems but he hasn't got Floyd Mayweather's speed or skills and Hatton's still the best light-welterweight in the world.

"Pacquiao's fast but he's busy and in your face and that should suit Hatton down to the ground. It will be Hatton's hardest fight ever but he'll have too much."

CARL FROCH - WBC super-middleweight champion
Carl Froch

"Ricky has got a very difficult job ahead of him. He's the underdog and he's going to struggle but I think he is going to pull it off.

"He's bigger and stronger than Pacquiao and if the referee lets him fight his fight, which is a rough, dirty, pub-brawl type of fight, he'll rough him up and he'll beat him."

JAMES DEGALE - Olympic middleweight champion
James DeGale

"It's a fantastic fight and one that I would pay to see. It's 50-50 and depends on whoever sticks to their game plan on the night.

"If Pacquiao goes out and boxes Hatton he will win on a points decision but if Hatton can draw Pacquaio into a fight, he is a bigger and stronger man and I believe he will be victorious."

BARRY MCGUIGAN - Former featherweight world champion
Barry McGuigan

"It's a pick'em fight, with Pacquiao's speed and combinations against Hatton's strength and power, although Floyd Mayweather Sr has done a good job in making Hatton more subtle.

"But Hatton will have to attack and use his relentlessness, it won't be won on boxing ability. If forced to make a prediction, I'd say Hatton on points."

FRANK WARREN - Hatton's former promoter
Frank Warren

"I have to admit I don't like Hatton's chances. Boxing at light-welterweight will suit Hatton but it will favour Pacquiao more.

"Pacquiao will be that bit quicker than he was against Oscar de la Hoya at welterweight - and even stronger."



see also
Beasts from the East
24 Apr 09 |  Boxing
Hatton slams Pacquiao credentials
21 Apr 09 |  Boxing
Mayweather Sr to stay with Hatton
27 Mar 09 |  Boxing
Hatton relishes Pacquiao showdown
29 Jan 09 |  Boxing
Hatton's Pacquiao fight confirmed
26 Jan 09 |  Boxing
Pacquiao stops 'empty' De la Hoya
07 Dec 08 |  Boxing
Slick Hatton defeats Malignaggi
23 Nov 08 |  Boxing
Pacquiao claims lightweight title
29 Jun 08 |  Boxing


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