Hatton talks Pacquiao vs Bradley
Having confirmed his stint on the pundit’s couch for Primetime’s coverage of Manny Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight showdown with Timothy Bradley on June 9, Ricky Hatton expects the fight to be more exciting than the recent Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto match up.
The two-time world champion joins Steve Bunce and Ronald McIntosh in the fight night studio and knows better than anyone what Bradley is up against when he takes on Pacquiao having faced, and lost, against the diminutive Filipino himself in 2009.
‘Manny Pacquiao is the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world and he goes into this fight as the favourite but Timothy Bradley is a very slick and tidy boxer so this isn’t going to be an easy fight for him,’ said Hatton.
‘Against Junior Witter we saw how well schooled Bradley was and how he was able to figure out his style so quickly so I think he will cause Pacquiao some problems.
‘I think style wise this could be an even better matchup than the recent fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto. Mayweather is exceptional defensively and makes you miss but Pacquiao is a lot more exciting and when you put him in with Bradley style wise it makes for a great fight.
‘Manny needs to come back with a big performance after the fight with Juan Manuel Marquez which many thought he lost, myself included. Fighters who have a good defence and are counter punchers are those that have caused Manny the most problems.
‘I think Bradley is going to use his boxing ability and box on the back foot and that’s where he’s going to cause Manny a few problems. But Bradley will need to have more than just one game plan going into this fight.
‘Everyone is expecting Manny Pacquiao to blast Bradley out but I don’t think it will be easy. I expect Manny to win but it will be an exciting fight.’
Pacquiao vs Bradley will be shown live on Primetime, Channel 480 on Sky and Virgin On Demand, on 10th June at 2am for only £14.95. To order call 0871 200 4444, Virgin customers go to On Demand> Pay Per View > Live events. Or go online at www.primetimelive.co.uk