LAS VEGAS -- We're baaaack. You missed The Blog, didn't you? Well, here we are, sitting at a wobbly folding table blanketed by a cheap black tablecloth four rows from ringside at the MGM Grand Arena to bring you play by play and instant analysis from the
Let's get right to it: this is a tough fight to call. Pacquiao's career appeared to take off after his defining win over
So there's that. There's also the fact that Hatton, despite being flattened at 147-pounds by
Which is why the winner of this fight is so difficult to predict. Put a gun to my head and I'm taking Pacquiao. While I think both have the punching power to win by KO, I have a feeling this one goes to a decision. If that's the case, Pacquiao's volume punching should win him a lot of the early rounds and give him enough of a cushion to win a decision.
Just finished an interview with Marquez in the Golden Boy offices here. He's confident. Thinks maintaining his focus through a probable circus next few months is the key. Still plans on training in Mexico City. Wants me to come down and spar with him. Again. I passed.
Pacquiao's supporters are here en masse, too. I would estimate that 65 percent of the crowd is either British or Filipino. I bet Miami Heat coach