"Pac Man" Pacquiao Gobbles Up Hatton In Two Rounds
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Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao solidified his reign as one of the best ever pound-for-pound fighters in the world by drilling Ricky Hatton and earning a second-round stoppage.
The 30-year-old native of the Philippines floored Hatton three times in the bout, the final one an incredible powerful left hook to the chin that moved Hatton's head as if on swivel. The "Hitman" hit the canvas with such force, and referee Kenny Bayless counted Hatton out with one second remaining in the round.
Hatton remained on the canvas, motionless in the middle of the ring before receiving medical attention and exiting the arena floor.
The fight was for Hatton's IBO light welterweight title, and Pacquiao (49-3-2, 37 KOs) won it to match a boxing record by taking a title in his sixth different weight class.
But it could have been a precursor to a possible blockbuster fight involving Floyd Mayweather Jr., who announced his comeback from retirement earlier Saturday. Mayweather will fight Juan Manuel Marquez on July 18, also at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Hatton had already lost to Mayweather via 10th-round TKO in December 2007, but Pacquiao has yet to fight "Pretty Boy", and a future bout would surely be one with plenty of buildup.
Pacquiao landed a solid right to the cheek to floor Hatton (45-2) the first time in the opening round. Then, Pac Man consistently landed a series of punches, pushing Hatton to the corner before the Englishman went down to the canvas. Hatton got up before Bayless counted to 10, but it was a round clearly dominated by Pacquiao, who landed 35-of-62 punches to just 8-of-33 for Hatton.
When the fight was over Pacquiao had a 73-18 connect advantage.
Recognized as the No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world, Pacquiao was coming off a thorough pounding of "Golden Boy" Oscar De La Hoya last December, a bout that De La Hoya's camp stopped after the eighth round in what was a one-sided affair.
Hatton was coming off an 11th-round technical knockout of Paulie Malignaggi in November.
Official introductions -- Michael Buffer -- Let's Get Ready to RUUUMMMBLE.!!!
A lot of pressure from Hatton. He's backing Manny up. Manny boxing well in the center of the ring. Ricky tying him up. Red welt on Hatton's cheek. Right hook drops Hatton. He's hurt. Hatton down again. Manny was landing at will. Pacquiao 10-8 round.
Hatton stills comes out aggressive. Hatton standing up too straight. Manny landing with the right hook. Pac Man now backing him up again. Pac Man is extremely accurate. Pac Man still backing him up, but punching a bit wildly. A left hand just flattened Hatton. The fight is over. He's flat in the center of the ring.
Hatton looks in very bad shape on the canvas. He's being attended to by officials. It was a perfect, wicked left hand from Pacquiao.
Hatton is now sitting up.
The end comes at 2:59 of round number two.
Manny Pacquiao just keeps getting better and better. He is a fantastic fighter. What is amazing is that he's actually getting stronger as he climbs in weight. And remember, he's 30 and turned pro at 106 pounds.
Watching replays. Hatton was wide open for the left. His head was way up in the air, totally exposed for Pac Man. The Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao fight now has to be made.
Ricky Hatton is unable to conduct the post-fight interview. Walking back to his dressing room, he still looks a bit wobbly. Someone from his entourage is putting his hand over the HBO camera to obscure the view.
For the second straight fight, Manny Pacquiao has completely dominated a bigger fighter.
In this fight against Ricky Hatton, and his last one against Oscar De La Hoya, that makes a total of nine straight rounds that Manny Pacquiao hasn't even been threatened. He hasn't lost a round in either fight, it could be argued that he didn't lose a second of either fight. And that's against two pretty good fighters.
This is Manny's fourth straight fight in a different weight class.
What is amazing is that he seems to be getting stronger -- he dropped Hatton with both the right and left hands -- as he gets older (and as he climbs in weight).
At the presser Manny says: "Nothing personal, I'm just doing my job in the ring. I hope you all liked the fight."
Pac Man vs. The Hitman. We now know who the "man" is. Consider this, Pacquiao landed 73 punches in 5 minutes 59 seconds of fighting. Hatton threw 78.
Pacquiao has now won 10 in a row and a sixth title.
ESPN is showing live highlights of the fight. Remember the days during PPV fights when the news outlets, including ESPN, were forced to show still pictures of a PPV fight?
Everyone is being evasive about Pac Man fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr., but that fight has to happen.
For at least the fifth time I've seen on HBO and ESPN, Manny is asked if he wants to fight Floyd. He remains non-committal. "I can fight anyone I want to fight at 147 or 140,"
HBO will replay Pacquiao-Hatton fight next week
HBO Sports presents MANNY PACQUIAO VS. RICKY HATTON, the exclusive replay of their junior welterweight showdown, this SATURDAY, MAY 9 (9:30 p.m. ET/ 6:30 p.m. PT) on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, will call all the action. The replay will be available in HDTV.
The Pacquiao-Hatton replay will be paired with the previously announced live HBO presentation of the light heavyweight title fight featuring Chad Dawson and challenger Antonio Tarver. It’s the second meeting between the two accomplished competitors.
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