Monday, April 6, 2009
British sportswriter Gareth A. Davies predicted that Manny Pacquiao will impose “an inevitable full stoppage” in the eighth or ninth round of his fight against Ricky Hatton on May 2.
This was noted by PhilBoxing.com’s Granville Ampong, who said that Davies made the prediction while discussing the much-awaited fight with Ampong and boxing commentator Leoncio Royo, Jr.
Ampong cited in his article that Davies, a sports journalist for “The Daily Telegraph” since 1993, is “UK’s most formidable sportswriter.”
The PhilBoxing.com report said that Davies “sees from it a see-saw fight” between Pacquiao and Hatton “but conversely predicting an inevitable full stoppage in round 8th or 9th.”
Davies said that Hatton "may not get the better of Pacquiao's super-speed and incredible lateral movements - super crablike - striking from different directions naturally which will call situations that Hatton may not be able to hit Pacquiao effectively and may become less effective with his aggressions."
But he mentioned that his countryman “may dominate Pacquiao in the first three rounds.”
After that, Davies thinks that "Pacquiao will catch him up and through within fourth to fifth rounds and will clinically land more punches until the eight or ninth round.”
Despite his prediction in favor of the world’s pound-for-pound king, Davies also did not overlook Hatton’s power and skills.
"A perfect punch to the body just as what he did to Jose Luis Castillo of Mexico in their WBC International Light Welterweight Championship/IBO Light Welterweight Championship in 2007 which ended by TKO in fourth round may not be a remote posibility," he said.
Davies recently arrived in the United States to conduct interviews with the training camps of Pacquiao and Hatton.
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