Ricky Hatton insists his invincibility at the 140lbs light-welterweight limit will help him win his super-fight with Manny Pacquiao when the pair clash in Las Vegas on May 2.
Hatton and Pacquiao today met face-to-face for the first time since announcing their showdown, appearing in front of 6,000 cheering fans – many of them Filipino and supporting their own hero – at Manchester’s Trafford Centre.
Later, Hatton nailed double two to beat Pacquiao at a game of darts, and he is convinced history will repeat itself in the ring and help him erase memories of his painful knockout loss to Floyd Mayweather.
Hatton, who moved up to 147lbs to fight Mayweather and subsequently enlisted the services of his trainer father Floyd Snr, said: “I am unbeaten at 140lbs and I believe I am unbeatable at that limit.
“This is a fight between two nice men but there is nothing nice about either me or Manny when we get inside the ring. We’re both aggressive but where some other fighters have been worried about him, he certainly won’t worry me.”
Pacquiao is visiting England for the first time and said he was impressed by his welcome. He is next set to move on to London on Monday for an official press conference at the Imperial War Museum.
The Filipino national hero was cheered by a delegation including members of his country’s embassy and he said: “This is my first time in England and I would like to thank everyone for turning out.
“This fight will be a great challenge because Ricky is a great fighter. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime fight, the kind you only see once in boxing history.”