THERE WAS NO DOUBT ABOUT PACQUIAO
From this perspective there was no doubt that Manny Pacquiao was going to easily win this supposed junior welterweight title fight over the veteran Ricky Hatton in a ring at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas Saturday evening. Pacquaio proved he was the best pound-for-pound fighter in the business when he dominated and put Oscar De La Hoya into retirement back in December.Hatton went down three times in the two- round fight before it was stopped. This writer picked Pacquiao to win via TKO in eight rounds, and so many of the experts picking the fight actually gave Hatton a legitimate chance to dethrone Pacquaio as the best. The end result was 73 punches thrown by Pacquaio and 18 by Hatton in the short lived fight.So at 140, Pacquiao, fighting in a different fight division for the fourth straight time, is still the dominant fighter and most sought after, very reminiscent of De La Hoya who won titles in five different weight classes.Pacquiao was much stronger and faster and now awaits his next test. The discussion as to who may be next centers on a big money fight with WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto or with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mayweather, earlier in the day made it official that he was returning to the ring after being away the last year and a half.Mayweather, who handed Hatton his only loss, is set to return on July 18th against Juan Manuel Marquez the same fighter who Pacquiao split two fights with as a junior lightweightThe statement was made once again and this time the boxing world should take notice. Whether it, be Cotto or Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao means business. So popular is Pacquiao in his native land of the Phillipines, he is now the most exciting and popular fighter in the business.And on a Super Saturday day of sports that included the Kentucky Derby and another Boston Celtics game 7 playoff win, how appropriate that Pacquiao did what he did.