QUOTE(Fitz @ Jan 12 2009, 09:56 PM) [snapback]420080[/snapback]
It's funny you say that, as he has fought Mayweather the p4p #1 king, and Pacquiao was supposed to be just a stepping stone for DLH and was probably going to set up a BIGGER fight than the Pacquiao fight. So I'm not sure about the "fighting the Malignaggi's, Lazcano's" etc comments or where it's coming from, because Hatton was in very high demand. It's just that Pacquiao spoilt the show.
It's not funny at all because I was very serious about it. This is the problem with the sport...fighters having inflated egos regarding their self-worth.
Where is it coming from?
It's coming from the fact that since his most notable win against Kostya Tszyu in 2005, the only other "elite" fighter that Hatton has faced was Floyd Mayweather, the P4P #1 King as you so astutely pointed out, and he got knocked out. Other than that, Hatton's resume includes the following:
Luis Collazo (a fight he got rocked in and arguably lost)
Jose Luis Castillo
Juan Lazcano (another fight he got rocked in almost lost)
To my knowledge, with the exception of Castillo, none of those fighters were ever considered to have P4P talent and Hatton went the distance with half of them (Collazo, Urango, Lazcano).
On the other hand, since his last loss to Erik Morales in 2005, Manny Pacquiao has gone on to move up 3 different weight classes (skipping 140 of course) and won all 9 of his fights (2 more than Hatton fought), beating the likes of:
Erik Morales (not once, but twice...stopping him both times)
Marco Antonio Barrera
Juan Manuel Marquez
Oscar De La Hoya
At least 4 of those guys were all considered to be P4P talents and will probably be in the Hall of Fame at some point...and Pacquiao stopped 6 of them, only going the distance with Larios, Marquez and Barrera.
To make a long story short, Pacquiao has accomplished a lot more than Hatton in the past 3 years (hell...in his entire career if you factor in the fact that he's a 5-division champion to Hatton's 2 divisions) and seeing as how neither one of them is that much of a bigger draw than the other, he deserves to get the the bigger purse. I could understand if Hatton was pulling in Oscar De La Hoya numbers, but the fact is, he's not! Oh sure...he's a HUGE draw in England...but shit...it says here that Pacquiao is an even bigger draw in the Philippines. In fact, I can't recall the numbers, but doesn't the Philippines have a larger population than the UK? I bet they do and if Manny Pacquiao were to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., I think that PPV does a MINIMUM of 1 million buys. So I even feel confident in saying that Pacquiao is the bigger draw and when you combine that with what he's accomplished in his career, 60/40 sounds just about right. Otherwise, Ricky Hatton can move on over to Showtime and fight Bradley or Holt for peanuts while Manny stays put on HBO and chooses between Juan Manuel Marquez, Juan Diaz, Nate Campbell, Andre Berto, Shane Mosley or even Antonio Freakin Margarito if he wants to. That's the type of position that HBO should take with Hatton/Golden Boy in order to make this fight a done deal. Coming off of a HUGE win over De La Hoya...a fight where he made the Golden Boy quit on his stool...Pacquiao is the one in the driver's seat, not Hatton. Who the fvck is Ricky Hatton? Last time I checked, he wasn't even fighting on PPV. In fact, as Thomas Hauser pointed, his last fight on HBO World Champion Boxing had a 2.5 rating...those are lower numbers than what Spongebob Square Pants gets. Until he gets a more notable win over an "elite" fighter, Ricky Hatton should just STFU, take the short money and prove that he's the top dawg by beating Pacquiao inside the ring...not at the negotiating table!