Monday, May 04, 2009

Like a Train Wreck

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In my previous Manny Paqciao-related post, I featured a photograph of the train wreck that was Oscar de la Hoya. That was, for all intents and purposes, one of the most impressive boxing shots in the history of forever. That was, also, the real wake-up call of just how dangerous an opponent the Pacman was.

Last Sunday's PPV match-up of Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton only did what most people thought wasn't possible - cement Manny's reputation as a fighter at the top of his game even more. I mean, what the hell.

Let's review the facts. On Hatton's camp, Floyd Mayweather Sr. was directing things from the background. This guy's one of the most capable trainers in the sport, and was partly responsible for the showstopper that is his son. If ever there was a guy you can pit against Freddie Roach in a battle of wits, Mayweather Sr. would be it.

There's also the fact that Ricky Hatton is a brawler. I was looking forward to this match because I hoped for an impressive fight between the Brit and the Pinoy. After the DLH fight, a boxer who could go toe-to-toe with Manny would be more than just welcome entertainment, it would be a must, and we all thought that Hatton was that guy.

But one round into the fight, Hatton was down twice, and Manny was outclassing him punch for punch. We all know that Pacquiao's a great fighter and all, but this was pretty much a joke, evidenced by the almost serene sleep by Hatton after that bad-rad left hook. My brother said parang binigyan ng unan (it was like he was handed a pillow).

I leave you all with a video of how the Pacquiao-Hatton fight should have gone - courtesy of Fight Night 4 on the XBox 360.

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