- I'm glad I didn't pay $49.95 to see this live.
- The outcome doesn't surprise me, though I wouldn't have expected it to end as soon as it did. Pacquiao's right hook that dropped Hatton the first time was a thing of beauty. It reminded me a little of the left hook Mayweather knocked out Hatton with in his fight; Hatton didn't see either of those punches coming.
- I have never been too impressed by Hatton. He's a busy, aggressive fighter, but that's about it. I was surprised to see him defeat Kostya Tszyu and Jose Luis Castillo1 in previous -- two great fighters, but, in hindsight, Hatton fought them when they were past their primes.
- Pacquiao is now arguably the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. That distinction has been Floyd Mayweather, Jr.'s for the last few years, but considering the way Pacquiao dispatched Hatton and Oscar De La Hoya -- with a second round knockout and and eighth round TKO, respectively -- versus Mayweather's 10th round knockout of Hatton and split decision over De La Hoya, Pacquiao looks more impressive right now. Of course, this sets up a huge pay-per-view fight between the still-undefeated Mayweather and Pacquiao.
- What was Hatton thinking hiring Floyd Mayweather, Sr. to train him for this fight? If you have seen Mayweather, Sr. (who is estranged from his son, the boxing champ mentioned above) on television, you'll know what I mean. He doesn't seem to be all there.
- If Hatton had a better chin, he might be able to look forward to a future as the Arturo Gatti2 of Manchester: a club fighter who sells out local arenas while getting beaten soundly by top boxers.
- How long until someone in the media analogizes Hatton's boxing career -- which began its current downward trajectory in 2007, after a long streak of victories -- to the recent trajectory of Britain's economy? Maybe a British financial journalist will argue that, as with Hatton's early successes, there was less to Britain's finance- and real estate-fueled boom than met the eye.
1Castillo fought two fights against Diego Corrales, the first of which might have been the best fight in the last decade. At the time of his defeat by Hatton, he may have been distracted by events outside the ring, including a lawsuit by the Corrales family (Castillo caused a third fight between the two to be delayed, and then Corrales was killed in a motorcycle accident before it could be rescheduled).
2Gatti has since retired, but before he did he fought a series of fights with Micky Ward, the first of which was about as good as Castillo vs. Corrales I.