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Top Rank, Inc. CEO Bob Arum revealed that British superstar Ricky Hatton met with HBO officials to discuss a possible fight with Manny Pacquiao. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says a fight between Filipino ring idol Manny Pacquiao and Britain’s Ricky “Hitman” Hatton is “a reality” but warned that to get to Hatton “he’s got to win “ against Juan Manuel Marquez on March 15.

In an overseas telephone conversation Friday morning (Manila Time) with Viva Sports/Manila Standard Today, Arum who was named “Promoter of the Year” for 2007 by the pre-eminent boxing TV network HBO said he was having lunch with Pacquiao at one of the Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel & Casino restaurants when HBO president Ross Greenberg called and Arum put Pacquiao on the line to wish him a happy new year.

Arum said “it was funny because he (Greenberg) was together with the Ricky Hatton people for lunch in New York and they were talking about fighting Manny at the end of the year. So that’s a reality.”

Arum said Pacquiao now knows that he has “the opportunity to really make history. “ He said in addition to fighting Marquez for the WBC super featherweight title, he will be fighting for the lightweight title and the 140 pound title. This could be a big year for him but he’s got to win this fight (against Marquez)”.

Arum predicted it would be “a tough, tough fight” but was obviously pleased that Pacquiao was “so relaxed now and was a good family man the entire trip” with his wife Jinkee and their three children during the holiday season in Las Vegas. Arum said “I never saw him so focused.”

He disclosed that Pacquiao who arrived in Manila early Saturday morning aboard a Philippine Airlines is “going to return on January 13” to begin training at celebrated trainer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles.

A few hours after his arrival, Pacquiao loosened up and had a light workout at the local Wild Card Gym of his former business manager Rod Nazario. Pacquiao told us he would return to LA as promised on the 13th and was looking forward to a great year with fights lined up against Juan Manuel Marquez, David Diaz and Ricky Hatton.

Pacquiao said he enjoyed the Las Vegas holiday with his family and acted as baby sitter and guide to his three kids since they didn’t take any maids along and wanted to be all by themselves.

Arum said he had planned a big publicity campaign to promote the fight and that he was looking to have Pacquiao as guest on the very popular Jay Leno show and would also “take some time to go to San Francisco to do a press conference” making it clear that they will “do a lot of things which don’t interfere with his training.”

He disclosed that Pacquiao “really had a good time with his family and took his kids to see everything that Las Vegas has to offer including the shows. He was terrific. He enjoyed himself. It seems everybody was very happy.” Arum revealed that Pacquiao bought his charming wife Jinkee “a lovely present for her birthday and so everything seems like its nice.”
 

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David is the better suited opponent to fight Pac though, hes not as skilled as Juan but he would still give Manny a very competitive fight. Juan on the other hand would smother Pacquiao en route to a TKO or a wide UD
 

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Man, Arum is really trying to push the "family man" image for Pacquiao, isn't he ? :)
makes you wonder ,if there's something else going on back in the filipines, I mean with all adulation going on I"M sure the man has plenty of lady fans willing to do whatever ?
 

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But I"M glad they're trying to make that match ,because after watching Malanagii last night ,he can forget about Hatton ,the guy is a waste ,he's fighting on borrowed time ,if Endoujo had been just a little faster he could have gotten Malanagii out of there no?
 

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But I"M glad they're trying to make that match ,because after watching Malanagii last night ,he can forget about Hatton ,the guy is a waste ,he's fighting on borrowed time ,if Endoujo had been just a little faster he could have gotten Malanagii out of there no?
i think herman was one solid shot away from ending it in the 7th hugo, very close fight which i thought paulie just shaded.

he looked like poo though.
 

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Amen to that Tommy If I was Juan Diaz right now I would be on the phone trying to make that fight and grab a quick tittle at #140 then move back down to face Pac man with even more fan fare.I sure looked to me like the Cotto Fight may have damaged Paulie permanently. Herman is just not that good.
 

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lol all the talk about Pac's future.. just a little reminder, he has a fight against one of the top P4P fighter's in March which he may not win;) If he beats JMM, then David Diaz would make more sense at 135, much more likely to win that fight rather than going for Juan Diaz, a fight which i think he might struggle in.
 

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lol Pac's speed and power probably wouldnt carry to 147, they might not even go to 140. Cintron is a massive WW with a huge punch, he'd probably knock Pac out easily.
 

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Haha it was an obvious joke hugo, and i agree pac vs hatton should be a verry good fight. I however wouldnt advise pac to take it but the fact that he's thinking abuot it shows a ton of guts.
 

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Hatton vs Pacman would be an utterly pointless fight in my opinion. Pacman would be way out of his depth. He started at Bantemweight for god sake. He would struggle with Diaz at 135lb in my opinion, never mind Hatton who is the strongest 140lb fighter.

Hatton would gain nothing from this fight, surely Hatton has better options than this?
 

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Hatton vs Pacman would be an utterly pointless fight in my opinion. Pacman would be way out of his depth. He started at Bantemweight for god sake. He would struggle with Diaz at 135lb in my opinion, never mind Hatton who is the strongest 140lb fighter.

Hatton would gain nothing from this fight, surely Hatton has better options than this?
welcome to the forum mate :)

I totally aggree with this, pac would have no chance what so ever.
 

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Cheers Tyson

glad to be on board:)!

Just to correct myself, Pacman's first fight was at Light Flyweight! Jeeeeeeeesus!
and he was ko'd at flyweight!

140 should be a no-no for pac,,,,especialy against the hitman. :thumbsup:
 

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pac would give hatton a fight, but he'd get busted up in the process. i can see some serious butts taking place if these 2 ever meet.

To me this fight stinks of opportunism from the Hatton camp. There are no big names (other than Hatton) at 140 anymore, especially after the unconvincing performance from Paulie the other night. Witter isn't a big enough name in America and the Gavin who???

Pacman is the biggest name in the lower weights and unfortunately this is what motivates the casual boxing fan nowadays.

Hatton has another 2/3 fights contracted to HBO and they are looking for another big fight....non exist at 140, he isn't equipped for 147 so why not bring up a Super feather who is massively popular not just in America, but worldwide as well.

It would be a complete mismatch. I will stop supporting Hatton if this fights happens. Its like Hatton going up to 154 or 160lb!
 
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