RICKY Hatton said his heart is for Manny Pacquiao when he faces Floyd Mayweather Jr in Las Vegas on May 2 (May 3, Manila time).
His head, however, tells him otherwise.
In an interview with the BBC, the Briton, one of the few men who faced both champions, said Mayweather has the advantage based on their respective fighting styles.
"Who do I want to win the fight? Pacquiao in a heartbeat. In fact, as soon as I get to Vegas, I'm sticking my money on Pacquiao. He's a humble guy, with a good sense of humor, and is very grateful for the support he gets from his fans," Hatton said.
Hatton, who became a boxing promoter after retiring in 2012, said Pacquiao has all the attributes to beat the undefeated Mayweather.
"If anyone is going to beat Mayweather, it will be someone with similar hand speed who is a southpaw. So Pacquiao will definitely cause problems, it will be Mayweather's toughest task yet," he said.
Despite this assessment, Hatton has his reservations as to the final upcome, crediting Mayweather's smarts in the ring.
"But after a few rounds, Mayweather will do what he does best and suss things out. He always manages to adapt his style to the opponent he's facing and always finds a way to win. Love him or loathe him, he's a genius."
"I'm picking Mayweather to win on points. It will be a very close fight, nip and tuck, with almost nothing in it. But Mayweather will finish with his nose in front," Hatton said.