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GOLDEN Boy Promotions’ chief executive Richard Schaefer said that Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton won’t fight Manny Pacquiao this year, because the Briton has two fights lined up.

Schaefer pointed out that Hatton is going to fight Juan Lazcano on May 24.

Assuming that Paul Malignaggi (24-1, 5 KOs), who also sees action on the same card against Lovemore N’dou ( 46-9-1, 31KOs), is victorious and Hatton beats Lazcano, then the Briton will battle Malignaggi in October or November, which will rule out a clash with Pacquiao.

But Schaefer left open the possibility of a Pacquiao-Hatton fight next year.

“We are planning a big Hatton pay-per-view for spring 2009, but it is too early to say against whom. Certainly, Manny [Pacquiao] would be one of the names and so are Oscar [de la Hoya], Floyd [Mayweather], Juan Diaz and Juan Manuel Marquez. It really depends on what’s going to happen from now until the end of the year,” Schaefer said.

Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has said several times in the past that after Pacquiao (46-3-2, 35 KOs) wins the lightweight title from reigning champion David Diaz (34-1-1, 17 KOs), whom he battles at the Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel and Casino on June 28, they are looking for a really big fight against Hatton, maybe even in England.

Hatton is very popular with British fight fans, who crowded Las Vegas for his last fight against Mayweather (38-0, 25 KOs). Hatton lost by a 10th-round TKO last Dec. 8 in Las Vegas.

Golden Boy Promotions handles Hatton as well as former World Boxing Council super-featherweight champion Marquez, among others. Marquez, who refuses to accept the fact that he lost a split decision to Pacquiao last March 15, has been trying to goad Pacquiao into giving him a third fight without any success.

Pacquiao has maintained that he is not afraid of Marquez and is willing to fight him for a third time, but that the Mexican will have to wait which is basically what the Pacman’s promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, has also said.

By Ronnie Nathanielsz
 

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I don't like the sound of that.

Hattons would get to much credit for beating a much better fighter.
Giving him a false sense of redemption.

Pac is a blown up straw weight. It is yet to be seen if he can even hang at 135, and if he can, he should clean up that division.

Freddy Roach even says Pac is being stretched to thin and has problems putting on weight.
 

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Would be a great way for Ricky to retire. If he doesn't fight Floyd he will probably win out and end on pacquiao which will soildify a top ten P4P in this era. Even though him whipping Pac is a debatable feat.
 

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Hatton has had nightmares against Southpaws... with Pac's speed he could cause him real problems. I don't see Pac having the power to seriously hurt Hatton at 140, and thats bad cause Hatton will walk through shots all day.
 

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Pacquiao hasn't even fought at 135 yet. Hatton is very strong at 140 and would probably knock Pac-man out at light-welter. Pacquiao should clean up at lighweight and then retire. There are some very hard fights there for him, like Casamayor and Campbell.
 

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I don't like the sound of that.

Hattons would get to much credit for beating a much better fighter.
Giving him a false sense of redemption.

Pac is a blown up straw weight. It is yet to be seen if he can even hang at 135, and if he can, he should clean up that division.

Freddy Roach even says Pac is being stretched to thin and has problems putting on weight.
It isn't about what would obviously happen. He would be doing this for one reason only. Money.
Would be a great way for Ricky to retire. If he doesn't fight Floyd he will probably win out and end on pacquiao which will soildify a top ten P4P in this era. Even though him whipping Pac is a debatable feat.
Beating a 130 guy who moved to 140 to fight you for money wouldn't do a damn thing. Hatton is NOT top ten P4P in any era.
 

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It isn't about what would obviously happen. He would be doing this for one reason only. Money.

I understand fighting Hatton is the most money he can probably make at this point, but there are plenty of big money fights for him at 135. Why would he ruin his legacy by losing to a lesser but stronger fighter.

Beating a 130 guy who moved to 140 to fight you for money wouldn't do a damn thing. Hatton is NOT top ten P4P in any era.
It wouldn't and real boxing heads would not give him any respect for beating Manny Pac.
He hasn't even beat the best at 140, thus making his name on the
current P4P list very questionable.
 

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I understand fighting Hatton is the most money he can probably make at this point, but there are plenty of big money fights for him at 135. Why would he ruin his legacy by losing to a lesser but stronger fighter.
Hatton-Pacquiao will draw at least three times the amount of money that any fight at 135 would make.
 
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