Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum believes Manny Pacquiao’s sensational victory over Ricky Hatton in 2009 “sort of ruined” the Filipino as it led his fans to believe that the “Pacman” was a knockout puncher.
Pacquiao, the former pound-for-pound king, was at his destructive best against Hatton, as he knocked out the British boxer in the second round of their light-welterweight bout.
Yet Arum thinks the win had a bit of a negative effect for Pacquiao.
“What sort of ruined Pacquiao to some extent was the knockout of Ricky Hatton,” Arum told Tha Boxing Voice. “Because you suddenly believe that he is a knockout puncher.”
“Manny Pacquiao’s strength is just hitting a guy with enormous amounts of shots, and not get countered and returned,” he explained.
That version of the “Pacman” finally made his return against Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in November 2013, a fight that saw the Filipino dominate for 12 rounds by showing vintage speed and footwork.
“Manny Pacquiao has finally gone back to his roots, fighting based on his great strengths, which is his elusiveness and his style of going in, attacking his opponent, and disappearing before the opponent can counter,” said Arum.
“Rios tried to counter Pacquiao all night, and was unable to due to Pacquiao’s skill,” he added.
It is this same Pacquiao who should make an appearance on April 12 against unbeaten American Timothy Bradley, Arum said.
Pacquiao is trying to avenge his controversial June 2012 loss against Bradley, which saw the American claim a split decision and take the WBO welterweight title.
“(Pacquiao can win) by being more aggressive,” Arum said. “It’s smart aggression. He has to go in, throw those left handed punches, step in with some rights, then disappear before he can be countered.”
“That’s what he has got to do. That’s what made Pacquiao, Pacquiao.”