Thursday, April 30, 2009
East vs West.
Everyone here is going gaga, not of the flu virus but of the coming boxing match of our own Manny Pacquiao and Englishman Ricky Hatton on Sunday. I am not a boxing fanatic but I always cheer for Manny whenever he fights for the title.
I wonder if the tale of the tape in every fight could make a difference. Well, maybe there is always something that is worth noting in the tale of the tape, so here is the comparison for Pacman and Ricky Hatton.
Record: 48-3-2 36 KO
Record: 45-1 32 Knock outs
So where else do we look for the difference? Let’s find out their previous opponents in the last 5 fights.
Ricky Hatton fought the last fight with Paulie Malignaggi, Juan Lazcano, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Jose Luis Castillo, and Juan Urango. Two names sound a bell to boxing enthusiasts. These are Castillo and Mayweather Jr. The other was a big win, and the other was the opposite. In the past 5 fights of Ricky Hatton, he got 2 unanimous decision, 2 knock out win, and 1 humiliating TKO loss to Moneyman.
Manny Pacquiao’s record for the last 5 fights show how great this man is. The list of opponents includes the likes of Oscar De La Hoya (you do not have to ask me who he is), fellow pound for pound king Juan Manuel Marquez, legendary Marco Antonio Barrera, and aspiring boxer Jorge Solis. Of course if I could extend the list, there is the Erik Morales two run victories.
The quality of opponents alone could give us a true picture of how competent this man would be. He did not just made a very astonishing finish, he made it clean. In the last 5 fights, 3 came by way of technical knock out.
Assessing alone the previous enemies of this two, you can already distinguish who has the upper hand. But wait am I hearing a howl from my English friends? Hahaha!
Sure the match isn't over till we hear the bell and with both boxer preparing hard for this match, then, your guess is as good as mine. I will have to do my household chores early on Sunday morning so I will have the ring side seat - my couch, to watch the fight.
By the way the ringside tickets sold as high as $15,000. I am sure the venue will be teeming with spectators... watch out for those Mexicans!