By Matthew Hurley: Even those of us who anticipated an eventual beat down of Ricky Hatton
by Manny Pacquiao
never truly anticipated a complete blowout of the junior welterweight champion. Once again the ‘Pac Man’ not only proved his greatness as a fighter but also elevated his stature among the all time great fighters. We are now witnessing something very special.
Right from the outset those who thought Ricky Hatton
might have some advantage in overall strength were dissuaded of such a notion when Pacquiao had no problem establishing his strength over the natural 140-pound fighter. But it was the speed that Hatton truly couldn’t deal with. It’s what makes Pacquiao’s power punches so crippling. His opponents just don’t see the punches coming.
I mentioned in a preflight article that, “We should know how this fight will go early on when Manny lands his Sunday punch and Hatton reacts with either a shrug or a shudder.”
We had our answer very early on when Hatton hit the deck from an overhand right and then fell again right before the bell. Hatton simply couldn’t handle that insane speed that actually seems blinding in slow motion.
But Pacquiao isn’t just a great fighter, he’s a great finisher. God help his prey when it finds itself wounded. Without hesitation or thought Pacquiao’s killer instinct takes over and the quiet, gentleman who can charm the socks off even the most jaded of sports writers becomes a frightening presence.