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EA Sports' 'Fight Night Round 4' Prediction On Pacquiao Vs. Hatton Was A Frickin' Joke

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Posted May 4, 2009 - By r_pad

EA Sports' 'Fight Night Round 4' Prediction On Pacquiao Vs. Hatton Was A Frickin' Joke

Last week, EA Sports used Fight Night Round 4 to conduct a simulation of last Saturday's boxing mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton. Complete with a description and simulated scorecard, EA's prediction looks like a complete joke in retrospect. Here's the prediction:

"According to the simulation, an aggressive attempt by Hatton to limit Pacquiao’s movement early on was unsuccessful. Pacquiao’s used his speed and control of the ring to take advantage of Hatton’s aggression, picking his punches and keeping out of range. The tide turned in Hatton’s favor in Round 4 when he found some success trapping Pacquiao in the corner. With little room to work with, Pacquiao was forced to trade blows on Hatton’s terms. This relentless exchange proved to be too much for Pacquiao who went down to a powerful left hook at the end of Round 6.  The later rounds saw the revival of the quick moving Pacquiao, who outpaced and out boxed Hatton yet again. Lightning fast left jabs wreaked havoc on Hatton through Rounds 7, 8 and 9 before a commanding right hand brought him to the mat in Round 10. Badly hurt and looking sluggish, Hatton was unable to beat the count after falling to another deadly right hook from Pacquiao  in Round 11."
 

And here's EA's scorecard:

EA Sports' 'Fight Night Round 4' Prediction On Pacquiao Vs. Hatton Was A Frickin' Joke

If you haven't seen the fight then you might want to avoid the rest of this article.

EA Sports' 'Fight Night Round 4' Prediction On Pacquiao Vs. Hatton Was A Frickin' Joke

As many of you know, Pacquiao annihilated Hatton. I mean...he just utterly destroyed (as opposed to partially destroyed) him in two rounds. He was dominant from the first second of the fight and laid out Hatton with one of the most chilling lefts I've ever seen in a fight below welterweight.

To be fair, EA's prediction sounded perfectly reasonable last week. Most boxing writers thought Pacquiao was going to win via knockout, but most figured that it would come in the later rounds. The majority of the boxing press thought that Hatton's size and strength advantages would allow him to hang with "Pac-Man" for a bit. I don't recall a single prediction -- outside of Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach -- that had Pac blowing out Hatton inside of three rounds. It was an awfully impressive performance.

EA Sports' 'Fight Night Round 4' Prediction On Pacquiao Vs. Hatton Was A Frickin' Joke

With EA's prediction and the fight behind us, I'm wondering if any of you caught the fight? What did you think of Pacquiao? Think Hatton will hang it up after such a crushing defeat?

EA Sports' 'Fight Night Round 4' Prediction On Pacquiao Vs. Hatton Was A Frickin' Joke
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