Ricky Hatton vs. Manny Pacquiao

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2009-05-02 : Manny Pacquiao 138 lbs beat Ricky Hatton 140 lbs by KO at 2:59 in round 2 of 12

Aired On: HBO Pay-Per-View (Main Event)
Promoters: Top Rank & Golden Boy Promotions
Trainers: Floyd Mayweather (Hatton), Freddy Roach (Pacquiao)

Notes

Official Artwork by Richard T. Slone
  • 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.[1] With this split, Pacquiao received a guaranteed 12 million dollars, with Hatton expected to receive around 8 million. [2]
  • 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.[3]
  • 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.[4]