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Pacquiao

While it sucks for those of you who went the pay-per-view route, it’s hard to dispute Manny Pacquiao’s place in boxing after his absolute destruction of Ricky Hatton. The fight was ended in the second round by a straight left hand that left Hatton out cold, but after two first-round knockdowns, it was clear Pacquiao was the far superior fighter, whose performance leaves boxing scribes wondering just how good the Filipino destruction whirlwind really is.

We witness a performance like Saturday’s and we start to ask ourselves if there’s any challenge out there too steep for the Pambansang Kamao — or National Fist — of the Philippines. He’s already won titles in six different weight classes since making his debut at junior flyweight. What could be next?

Thanks to the awesome Sox and Dawgs blog, we have some video of the final punch; although, I’m not expecting these gems to stay active for long — infringement claims and all that. Nevertheless, if you didn’t get a chance to see the left hand that rocked the British Isles, try this:

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Now that Floyd Mayweather has announced his un-retirement, fight fans are now entertaining the possibility of a Pacquiao/Mayweather super fight, one that “decides” the pound-for-pound argument. The question is, does Mayweather, a man who is obviously concerned about protecting his image of being the best, want anything to do with the current boxing destructor?

Has for Hatton, apparently, there was no damage, even though Pacquiao’s crack left him motionless on the canvas. In other news, I don’t think Hatton’s fiance got sick this time.