Pacman flattens Hitman in 2nd round.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — First Oscar De La Hoya, now Ricky Hatton. The way Manny Pacquiao is handing out beatings, maybe Floyd Mayweather Jr. should have stayed retired.
Pacquiao cemented his claim to being the best pound-for-pound boxer Saturday night with a spectacular performance that ended with Hatton sprawled helplessly on the canvas after a devastating left hand to the head late in the second round.
MANILA, Philippines – Those hoping for a long, bitter struggle between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton on May 2 won’t get it.
“It’s going to be short and sweet,” said Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, during Monday’s red-carpet meeting between the two great boxers and their trash-talking handlers in Hollywood.
Roach said it could or should be over in three rounds.
“I think it’s going to be the best three rounds you’ve ever seen. Ricky is going to force the action and Manny is going to respond to it. But Manny is going to get him early and I believe he will knock him out in the early rounds.”
While the stakes are high for Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton of the United Kingdom when they square off on May 2 in Las Vegas, there is also a battle looming between the trainers of the two fighters who seem to have taken over the trash talking for the bout.
Based on an article posted at eastsideboxing.com, there is even a specially designed four-tier trophy, measuring over five feet in height, bearing the inscription “No. 1 pound-for-pound Best Trainer in the World,” which will be presented to either Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach or Floyd Mayweather Sr., Hatton’s trainer. Mayweather Sr. is the enstranged father of Floyd Mayweather Jr., the only man to beat Hatton.
MANILA, Philippines – Ricky Hatton, still heavy at 154 pounds with just over 30 days before the fight, laughed off claims made by Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, that the British champ has a weak chin.
“Keep talking,” said Hatton before bursting into laughter, as reported by ABS-CBN which has a man, bureau chief Danny Buenafe, in London trying to get and deliver the latest from the Hatton camp.
Just like what happened in the Oscar de la Hoya fight, Manny Pacquiao’s southpaw stance could be his key edge against UK’s toughie Ricky Hatton.
In a recent article written by Gary Todd of BaraggingRightsCorner.com, one of the weaknesses he pointed out about Hatton is his difficulty in handling left-handed fighters.
Todd said the reigning International Boxing Organization (IBO) light welterweight champ had problems against former champions Juan Urango, Eamonn Magee, and Luis Collazo. All of them are left handed.
MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao reported to Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles eager to begin a two-month long training that would prepare him against British boxer Ricky Hatton.
Pacquiao, who will face Hatton in “The Battle of East vs West” on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is on a mission to win his fifth world title in a different weight division.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton formally agreed to fight for Hatton’s IBO junior welterweight belt on May 2, ending several weeks of negotiating and posturing on Wednesday.
Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36 KOs), generally considered the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter, will go after Hatton’s 140-pound (63 1/2-kilogram) title at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao nearly scuttled the bout several times in recent weeks while demanding a bigger share of the lucrative purse, even forcing Golden Boy Promotions to cancel a media tour planned for this week.
More than a month before his prized pupil shows up for training, Freddie Roach has already called on a pair of Mexican-American fighters to spar with Manny Pacquiao, including a brawler who knocked out the Filipino’s younger brother Bobby.
“Yeah, the guy who beat up Bobby,” said American tr ainer Freddie Roach, referring to the undefeated Urbano Antillon.