PACQUIAO IS WORTH THE BIGGER PPV SHARE
By Maloney L. Samaco
Sun, 18 Jan 2009
Manny Pacquiao is now the number one pound-for-pound fighter of the world, while Ricky Hatton is number ten in the rank.
Pacquiao has convincingly beaten the number one box-office-hit in boxing, Golden Boy Oscar de la Hoya; while Hatton was defeated by Floyd Mayweather, Jr., formerly the world?s no. 1 boxer pound-for-pound.
Da la Hoya sacrificed a lot in reducing his weight just to face Pacquiao in the Dream Match because of Pacman?s excellent marketability; while Golden Boy did not bother to reduce to fight Mayweather.
Pacquiao has fought in the United States fifteen times; while Hatton fought in the US only eight times.
Aside from the US, Pacquiao has also fought in Japan and Thailand, other than the Philippines, his home country; while Hatton has only fought in Germany, other than his native land United Kingdom.
Pacquiao was world champion in the superbantamweight, superfeatherweight, lightweight, and featherweight (people?s champion) divisions; while Hatton is world champion in the lightwelterweight and welterweight divisions only.
Pacquiao has been chosen as 2008 fighter of the year by the Ring Magazine and other admired sports media and ESPN crowned him as the 2008 international athlete of the year; while Hatton has no accolade of such magnitude in 2008.
When Pacquiao fought de la Hoya, it earned more than a million PPV buys in the US; while the Hatton-Malignaggi fight earned only about 200,000 PPV buys.
Pacquiao still has Mayweather, Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto and Juan Manuel Marquez as alternate foes if the Hatton negotiation will fail and Manny will still earn a fortune; while Hatton has been beaten by Mayweather already and has no other credible opponents to merit big PPV sales.
Mayweather is aching to return to the ring to face Pacquiao; while Pretty Boy is not keen on fighting Hatton again.
Being the no. 1 pound-for-pound boxer, Pacquiao is more popular now than any American or Mexican boxer in the US; while Hatton is only more popular in the UK, where the number of boxing enthusiasts pale in comparison with the American market.
Pacquiao is also a very familiar figure in Mexico because he is dubbed as the ?Mexican killer?; while Hatton?s appeal among Mexicans lags behind.
Pacquiao is also very well-liked in the Orient-Pacific where boxing is a trendy entertainment; while Hatton?s name is not so much of a household name here.
Hatton can earn several PPV sales in the United Kingdom; but not as huge if Pacquiao is not his opponent.
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