HATTON  ALSO  DOUBTS  PACQUIAO: 'I SHOULD'VE DEMANDED TESTS'
 
[PHOTO AT LEFT - RICKY HATTON LAST YEAR]

MANILA, JUNE 14, 2010 (STAR) By Abac Cordero - A year after being knocked out by Manny Pacquiao, British pug Ricky Hatton is still swinging.

In an article that came out of The National the other day, Hatton said his biggest mistake against Pacquiao was not his lousy defense but his failure to demand blood-testing.

I could have had those rules, but I wasnt bothered. Maybe in hindsight, I should have done, said Hatton, who went down against Pacquiao like he was never to get up again.

But he did, after laying on the canvas for quite some time, and a year and a month after that night in Las Vegas hes raising some doubts against the reigning pound-for-pound champion.

I must admit, I fancied my chances against Manny, he told The National.

And its only now that hes claiming that Pacquiao, who had gone undefeated for over five years now, and had jumped five divisions higher, could be into some performance-enhancing drugs.

A few years ago he was getting knocked down by little men like [Juan Manuel] Marquez, then all of a sudden he is knocking out Oscar de la Hoya, myself and [Miguel] Cotto, who are powerhouses in comparison.

It is a little bit strange. He could be on what Floyd (Mayweather) is accusing him of [performance-enhancing substances], or it could be that he is just a great fighter who has improved. We will never know, said Hatton.

The Mayweathers have aired similar thoughts and was hurled by Pacquiao to court.

Hatton also said that if and when the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight pushed through, the undefeated American, the first one to deal Hatton a loss in the ring, should have the upperhand.

I think Floyd is too good defensively. He is so hard to hit, and I think he might ultimately just have a few too many tricks up his sleeves for Manny, said Hatton, who left some nice words for Pacquiao.

I would like to think Manny would win, because I have a lot of time for him. He is a great man and a great person. I think they are both greats, no matter what they do now. Whoever won a fight between the two of them would become an all-time great, he added.

Hatton said he thinks that the fight everybody wants to see can be done.

Floyd is of the opinion he may possibly be taking something illegal, and that is why he is asking for certain tests to be done. It is a grey area for people, and they are puzzled as to what is going on. They just want to see the fight.

Manny will say Floyd is running scared of him, asking him to do certain tests, Floyd will say he is guilty. But I think it will happen eventually, Hatton was quoted as saying.


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