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Hatton relieved he finally has opportunity to face Pacquiao

Ricky Hatton is relieved his fight with Manny Pacquiao is finally on and said Thursday he won't waste another opportunity to prove he's the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Ricky Hatton is relieved his fight with Manny Pacquiao is finally on and said Thursday he won't waste another opportunity to prove he's the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Having been stopped in 10 rounds by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in December 2007 for his only loss in 46 contests, the big punching Hatton has promised he's brimming with confidence even though he is taking on the fighter regarded as the best around at any weight in Las Vegas.

"It will be an honour to fight Manny Pacquiao. I challenged once for the pound-for-pound 'title' when I fought Floyd Mayweather. Obviously I came second," Hatton told reporters in his home town of Manchester on Thursday.

"I'm brimming full of confidence that I'm going to win. I've always thought that, at 10 stone (140 pounds, 63.5 kilograms), I don't believe that anyone would beat me and I still firmly believe that. I promise you I won't let you down. This time I'm going to do it."

Now that the on-again, off-again fight is finally on at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on May 2, Hatton can concentrate on preparing to face Pacquiao rather than look for less meaningful opponents.

While the fight is for Hatton's lightly-regarded IBO light-welterweight title, it's the confrontation that really matters.

"They don't come better. I'm the best 10 stone fighter in the world, he's the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world," Hatton said.

"I'd like to think I'm one of the biggest attractions in boxing. I don't think I've seen Manny Pacquiao in a bad fight. I've never had a dull fight. Get your house on me. I fell short once when challenging for the pound-for-pound title, I won't do it this time."

 
 
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