Let me start this with a quote from one of my Twitter fam Basketballbuzz (http://www.twitter.com/basketballbuzz) who summed up beautiful about what future opponents should be thinking before they step in the ring with Manny Pacquiao:
This is reason numero uno; you should be scared to fight dudes who smile before they get in the ring!
When I went to the weigh in on Friday I saw it. I knew what was about to happen. I knew Hatton was going to lose I was 100% sure. But I had no clue that we would see a destruction the likes of Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks.
The only difference was that Ricky Hatton wasn't scared of Manny Pacquiao (maybe he should have been) but the outcome was the same. To see Pacquaio hand speed live is dazzlingly. I don't think Hatton saw any of the punches coming and he was hit with a lot of them. Pacquiao had the whole arsenal going lefts, rights, hooks, jabs, straights and body punches. Then to top it all off his defense was exceptional as well. That was as impressive display of boxing skills that I have ever seen and I have been watching boxing since I was in diapers.
Hatton simply had no shot and just as I said in my "5 Reasons" video it is very hard to teach an old dog new tricks and while Floyd Mayweather Sr is a good salesman he couldn't change Ricky Hatton from being Ricky Hatton.
In all honesty Ricky Hatton never was and never will be a world class fighter. He doesn't have world class skills. The two times he was put in the ring with world class fighters he has been embarrassed. After the final knockdown there were many in the arena that thought he was dead and I am saying that with no hyperbole.
I am glad Hatton is ok, but we should never see him in a high profile fight ever again. He just isn't that good he was truly outclassed by Manny Pacquiao.
The ironic thing about Pacquiao is that he is the nicest person in the world outside of the ring. I had an opportunity to speak with him briefly on Friday and he called me "Sir". Besides making me feel old (I am younger than Manny) it verified everything that I have ever heard about Pacquaio that he is an authentic great guy. Then to see him transform to this machine of a boxer, destroy his opponent and right after it is over go back to "nice" Manny is a wonder to see. I wish more athletes were like that.
Even though the fight only lasted two rounds the crowd was electric and was buzzing from start to finish. I never sat down and the guy sitting next to me who was a reporter from the Philippines almost broke my arm after the last and final knockdown. Suffice to say he was very excited.
We can also put to rest who is the better trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr or Freddie Roach. Manny Pacquaio executed his game plan to perfection while Hatton fought like he didn't have a game plan. It is as simple as that. So while Floyd Sr has some very nice goodwill style clothes and Soulja Boy style rhymes, but his skills as a trainer are no where as near as good as Freddie Roach.
The million dollar question that was buzzing around the arena after the fight was how big a Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr fight would be and who would win.
Mayweather has a tough fight with Juan Manuel Marquez in July, but if he survives a Pacquiao/Mayweather fight I believe would be the biggest PPV fight ever and I have an idea who would win, but we will save that until another day.
To sum everything up I will quote my own Twitter message from last night (http://www.twitter.com/BlkSportsOnline).
There is ONLY ONE RICKY HATTON & he got knock the f*ck out