Ricky Hatton is one of a few men who had the honour of sharing the ring with two of the greatest fighters of all time – Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Manchester favourite Hatton took on Mayweather in 2007 and Pacquiao in 2009, with both fights ending in stoppage defeats for ‘The Hitman.’
Those losses come with little shame, however, as the pair were considered to be in their primes at the time.
In a recent feature with RingTV, Hatton has revealed which of the two was the best fighter he ever faced – and his answer may come as a bit of a surprise.
“I would say Manny Pacquiao. Just his speed. Southpaw. Obviously he hits very hard.”
“Floyd Mayweather also was very good but the more and more I see Manny Pacquiao, maybe I’m shifting to him.”
The legendary Pacquiao won world titles from flyweight all the way up to super welterweight, with his resume including the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto and Marco Antonio Barrera.
Despite being 44 years of age and having not boxed since 2021, he could be in line for a sensational return to the ring.
The former eight-weight champion has made clear his desire to represent his homeland of the Philippines in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, though is over the age threshold of 40.
However, news emerged this week that the Philippine Olympic Committee has made a special request that the International Olympic Committee clear ‘Pac-Man’ to represent them.
If Pacquiao does get cleared to box in Paris and takes home the gold medal, it would surely go down as one of the greatest sporting achievements of all time.