Oscar de la Hoya, who helps promote Ricky Hatton in the United States, is urging Hatton to fight on:
"Ricky's young, Ricky still has what it takes. He can still have a bright future.
"Look, I have six losses in my career. Just because you lose, it isn't the end for you. It's about how you come back.
"When Ricky lost to Floyd Mayweather Junior, people thought it was the end. I'm sure Ricky felt a bit depressed.
"But he came back and beat Paul Malignaggi in some style. I was surprised how he beat Paul Malignaggi because I thought Paulie was going to give him trouble, but he cut straight through him.
"It's just a matter of how you come back and play it smart."
A lot of me feels the same way. Hatton was no match for Pacquiao. Fine. He also got overwhelmed by Mayweather. Fine. There are worse things in the world than not being among the absolute very best in the world at your job. Hatton could still be trouble for anyone in the 140-pound division, besides Pacquiao. I'd give him a fine shot against Timothy Bradley and all the rest.
Meanwhile, Bob Arum is talking about Manny Pacquiao's next fight, likely in November, and possibly against another Top Rank fighter: Either Miguel Cotto or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.:
"If Chavez wins in July, they could put him against Pacquiao. That is the plan and it is serious."
Arum has indicated, though, that Cotto would be the front-runner should he get past Joshua Clottey on June 13.
A few thoughts:
- Pacquiao-Mayweather -- should Mayweather beat Marquez -- is the fight they have to make. There's so much money in that that it's not even debatable.
- Pacquiao-Cotto is a great fight if Mayweather won't take the bout, or whatever other reason.
- Pacquiao-Chavez is a joke. Chavez doesn't belong on a Pacquiao undercard, let alone in the ring with him. Chavez could be a cruiserweight and Pacquiao would eat him alive. Not even a fight. Not even clsoe. This would be Arum cashing in on Chavez's father's name for the final time and nothing more. It's a load. Seriously.