Tuesday, April 7, 2009
MANILA, Philippines – Reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight champion Nonito Donaire believes Ricky Hatton’s fighting style perfectly fits Manny Pacquiao and could be the major key for a win by the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter in their May 2 showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Hatton doesn’t look for style. He will keep on punching. And that’s what Manny always looks for," Donaire said as he took a break in his training at the Elorde gym in Sucat, Paranaque for his own title defense of the 112-pound belt against unbeaten Raul Martinez at the Araneta Coliseum on April 19.
Besides that, Pacquiao also has speed on his side, according to the 26-year old California-based champion.
“Speed will be the biggest weapon of Manny here," said Donaire. “Speed and who could take the harder punch."
A fight featuring two noted punchers, a lot of boxing experts doesn’t see the match going the distance.
Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach predicted a third round knockout for his most famous ward, while Floyd Mayweather Sr. has raised the ante, and boldly proclaimed a second round knockout for the “Hitman" from Manchester, England.
But in a brawl type of a fight, Donaire believes Pacquiao has the distinct advantage.
“Manny is very unpredictable," Donaire said of the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter.
Donaire (20-1 13 KOs) is now in the final phase of his training for his third defense of the 112-pound belt he won behind a stunning fifth round knockout of nasty Vic Darchinyan two years ago.
The 12-round match against the unbeaten Martinez (24-0, 14 KOs) will be the Filipino’s first fight since his sixth round stoppage of Moruti Mthalane of South Africa last November in Las Vegas. – GMANews.TV
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