By Reg Garland
If Ricky Hatton decides to come back to boxing, I think he can avenge his loss to Manny Pacquiao.
Hatton has been clean and sober for a while, he seems to have gotten himself together and is on the right path in life. When Hatton fought Pacquiao, he wasn’t focused, he was drugged up, overconfident and didn’t get the proper training camp.
I believe a focused Hitman Hatton would make things different, with the right training and his current mindset if he focuses all his time on working out instead of partying and pigging out, he could beat the man who knocked him out in two rounds.
When Hatton fought the Pacman he wasn’t using the right gameplan, he came in overconfident and abandoned his body attack thinking he could just impose his size on the former featherweight and kept head hunting, but that backfired, the big problem was he had a coach Floyd Mayweather Sr. who was boosting his ego in training camp with overconfidence, saying how the fight would be easy, Pacquiao is too small and too one dimensional.
Hatton thought he could just steam roll Pacquiao and he got knocked down and knocked out for it.
Sometimes a long rest heals the body and gives you a rebirth, if Hatton comes back he should fight a few tune-up bouts first to see where he is at, and he should come with that same fire he had as a young man fighting for greatness.
After Pacquiao’s loss to Timothy Bradley, it should also give Hatton more desire to chase a rematch with the Pacman. Manny Pacquiao hasn’t had the hunger to win impressively in a long time, and if Hatton shows up hungry he could capitalize on Pacquiao’s unwillingness to finish fights, and win convincingly especially if he focuses on a relentless body attack instead of trying to head hunt — Hatton is one of the best body attackers and he failed to use it against Pacquiao. Hatton needs to use what got him to the dance, a lot of inside fighting, dirty boxing, clinching, wearing down an opponent, his fast footwork, and his body attack, no more rushing in with your chin right in the air to get hit, you have to tuck your chin and really rough Pacquiao up because he cannot fight on the back foot he needs to really create space to punch you because he is a horrible inside fighter.
If Hatton decides to comeback and looks good in a few tune-up fights, and gets a rematch with Manny Pacquiao, I wouldn’t mind placing a bet on Hatton to win by late rounds stoppage, that’s how confident I am with his chances. I had a strong feeling that Timothy Bradley could beat Manny Pacquiao and I have a the same feeling that Hatton could do the same.
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