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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Graham: Ricky will win spectacularly

Ricky Hatton's former trainer Billy Graham is backing his old charge to score a spectacular victory over Manny Pacquiao.

Speaking on Steve Bunce's Boxing Hour, Graham rebuffed any suggestions that Pacquiao was a better boxer or quicker than the Hitman.

Graham added that with his natural size advantage on top of this, he believes Hatton should be a clear favourite, rather than the underdog the bookmakers' have him as.

"I’m really surprised that Manny Pacquiao’s the favourite," Graham said on Setanta Sports News. "So many people are picking him, he’s the bookies favourite and that really amazes me. I think Ricky’s a better fighter.

"They keep going on about Manny’s speed, Ricky’s as fast as Manny, he’s a lot bigger than him. He’ll have at least 10lbs of lean tissue on him on the night. No one can give away 10lbs to Ricky Hatton.

"All fighters struggle with southpaws. That’s a problem because he’s more likely to pick up facial injuries if he’s not smart early on, before he get accustomed to the style, before he gets comfortable. He’s got cut early on in quite a few fights.

"But saying that he has the tools to deal with a southpaw. He’s got a great short right hand, right cross. He’s got a great left hook. He’s just too big, too fast, too powerful and too good.

"I see him winning big, I see him winning spectacularly and I don’t think it’ll last that long. I’d say any time from 4 to 8, I don’t think Manny will go past 8."


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