Ricky Hatton vs. Manny Pacquiao

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


  • 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 Manny 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] The final attendance was reported as 16,262.
  • Punch stats [5]

Purses: Pacquiao - $12 million

Bout Summary

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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, waved the finish rather than count to 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.


  • "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."
    - Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach [6]
  • "I didn't think it would be so easy, but I worked hard since the beginning of March in training camp. He was open for the right hook. I knew he'd be looking for the left. This was nothing personal. I was just doing my job. This was as big for me as the (Oscar) De La Hoya victory."
    - Pacquiao in the post-fight interview[7]
  • "I would suggest he retire. At the end of the day, it's his decision. He tried twice. He failed twice. He lost to my son and to lose to someone below that, it's time to leave the ring. He made a good profit. Sometimes you have to go when your prime is still there." - Hatton's trainer Floyd Mayweather [8] (Of note, there were previous mentionings that the camp leading up to this fight would likely be the last partnership between Hatton and Mayweather regardless of the outcome.)[9]