Ricky Hatton vs. Manny Pacquiao
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== Comments ==
== Comments ==
* "The fight was no surprise to me. We know he always pumps his hands before he throws a punch. He's a sucker for the right hook." <br> - Pacquiao's trainer [[Freddy Roach]][http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=4129461]
* "The fight was no surprise to me. We know he always pumps his hands before he throws a punch. He's a sucker for the right hook." <br> - Pacquiao's trainer [[Freddy Roach]] [http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=4129461]
Revision as of 00:22, 3 May 2009
2009-05-02 : Manny Pacquiao 138 lbs beat Ricky Hatton 140 lbs by KO at 2:59 in round 2 of 12
- Location: MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Kenny Bayless
- Judge: Michael Pernick 10-7
- Judge: C.J. Ross 10-7
- Judge: Glenn Trowbridge 10-7
Aired On: HBO Pay-Per-View (Main Event)
Promoters: Top Rank & Golden Boy Promotions
Ring Announcer: Michael Buffer
Trainers: Floyd Mayweather (Hatton), Freddy Roach (Pacquiao)
2nd Weigh In: Hatton 152 lbs., Pacquiao 148 lbs.
- International Boxing Organization Light Welterweight Title (3rd defense by Hatton)
- The Ring Magazine Junior Welterweight Title (Hatton defending)
- Ricky Hatton 45-1 (32 KOs) vs. Manny Pacquiao 48-3-2 (36 KOs)
- Hatton, a 2-1 underdog, came in as the # 1 junior welterweight and # 8 pound-for-pound fighter in the world by The Ring Magazine. Pacquiao was ranked the # 1 overall pound-for-pound in the world by the same publication.
- The fight was originally canceled as the two sides could not agree on how to split the purse. They eventually agreed upon a 52-48 split in favor of Pacquiao. With this split, Pacquiao received a guaranteed 12 million dollars, with Hatton expected to receive around 8 million. 
- In build up to the fight, HBO aired it's popular series "24/7" which chronicled the two fighters' preparation in the months and weeks preceding the match.
- The high-end arena tickets sold at for $1,000, $500 less than they were for Pacquiao's eight-round stoppage of Oscar De La Hoya. The Pay-Per-View telecast sold for $50, $5 less.
- On April 21st, nearly two weeks before the fight, it was announced that the event was officially a sellout with all ~16,000 seats at the MGM Grand being purchased. The final attendance was reported as 16,262.
Hatton came out in the opening round looking to apply pressure and make it a physically rough fight. Pacquiao, however, was able to land effective counters and caught the visibly slower Hatton with big punches upstairs. It was evident that Hatton wanted to rush his way in and work mostly on the inside, but failed to move his head effectively and was repeatedly caught as he came forward. Hatton was put down twice in the opening round. The first came by way of a right hook. Hatton remained one one knee until the referee's count of eight. After making it to his feet, he was clearly shaken and spent much of the remainder of the round in survival mode. The second knockdown took place in the last few seconds of the round from an accumulation capped with a straight left that sent Hatton falling backwards. Hatton landed a few decent punches in the opening of Round 2 and for a split second it appeared that he might have regained himself enough to make it a competitive fight. A sudden and perfect left hand, however, put Hatton out and sent him straight to the mat. He remained lying flat on his back in the center of the ring as the referee, kneeling beside him, reached the count of ten. Hatton, who looked to be in bad shape after the knockout, was down in the ring for a few tense moments as he was attended to by the ringside physicians.