Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hatton Shows the Bulldog Spirit

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hatton Shows the Bulldog Spirit

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RICKY Hatton is planning to disprove Manny Pacquiao's theory the bigger you are, the slower you become.

The two men were set to weigh in last night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, 24 hours ahead of their light-welterweight clash for Hatton's IBO and Ring Magazine titles.

For Hatton, the 140-pound division is his natural domain, the only defeat in his 46-fight career coming at 147 pounds when he was stopped by Floyd Mayweather Jr in a welterweight title fight in December 2007. Pacquiao (48-3-2, 35 KOs), meanwhile, will be fighting for only the third time above 130 pounds and the

Philippines superstar has declared his speed will be too much for the bigger, slower Hatton.

The Englishman, however, claims recent boxing history and his new, improved style under trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr, glimpses of which were first seen last November in his victory over Paulie Malignaggi, mean Pacquiao is in for a surprise. "Well, Kelly Pavlik said the same about (Bernard)

Hopkins," Hatton said. …

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