The ring is set for the most awaited pound-for-pound boxing so far. Promoted by both TOP RANK and GOLDEN BOY Promotions, the world will once again stand still to witness this fight. Also tagged by others as the “War of the World”, this fight will bring together Manny Pacquiao (Philippines) and Ricky Hatton (England).
To see the trail of the tapes, PINOYWORLD has set aside this page to look into one of the posts of a fellow Pinoy Blogger – Felixberto Baguyo Jr.,who had allocated sometime in trailing the fight:
Is everybody ready with the Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Ricky “the Hitman” Hatton match? This post will contain the latest news and events about the boxing event plus tips on how to watch it online, PPV, TV or live on the ringside. This is the official Pacquiao vs Hatton coverage by bleuken.
The following are a log of different events before and after the fight:
04/27/2009. Pacquiao concluded the weight loss competition for his colleagues and friends, where the participants were required to loose 10% of their weight for a given period. Winners gain $3,000 for the prize. A shoe maker made a custom shoes for Pacquiao containing his initials. This will be the official shoe of the Filipino champ. As the usual tradition of Manny, he attended a mass a week before the much anticipated event. Hatton on the other hand said that he is really impressed with how respectful Pacman fans are and he is already ready to knock down his opponent.
04/18/2009. Main event’s undercard matches were announced. WBC super feather weight champion Humberto Soto (47-7-2) will be fighting Canada’s Benoit Gaudet (20-1, 7 KOs). Undefeated top-rated James Kirkland (25-0, 22 KOs) will go against Mike Walker (19-1-2, 12 KOs) in a middleweight bout. Other mathches include, Russia’s Matt Korobov vs. Rodrigo Aguiar and Erislandy Lara against Chris Gray.
04/08/2009. Speculations today were spread and even me is asking if this is true. Pacquiao according to a news hurt his foot in his current training. Well let see if this is true and they revealed what tactics that they will do to knock down his opponent and that is a lot of body shot. “I am so excited already!”
4/06/2009. Freddie Roach said today that Pacquiao can knock out Hatton in 9 minutes instead of the previous coach mandate to knock out him in 9 rounds which is same as the De La Hoya-Pacquiao match. Can He do it? What will be Hatton’s reaction about this? Let see guys!
03/29/2009. Arum announced his plans for Manny Pacquiao’s next fight. He’s planning to match him with Chavez, Jr. Read the details here: Pacquiao vs Chavez Jr.
03/19/2009. Pacquiao changed his media partner in the Philippines. This mean that Filipino fans can watch the Hatton vs Pacquiao match on ABS-CBN instead of GMA 7.
03/16/2009. Today, Pacquiao was tagged by Sports Illustrated as the number one or best pound for pound boxer/fighter of the current times.
03/05/2009. Pacquiao is in US now for his 2 months long training. According to him this Pacquiao and Hatton match might be his last fight and he will retire after this. This might be connected to his plans for 2010 Philippine Elections.
02/26/2009. Pacquiao will fly this Friday to Hatton’s country for the promotion of their fight before starting his training in US. In connection to this, he relinquished his WBC lightweight title signalling his intention of not going back to the said division. Pacquiao’s coach, Roach, spoke of knocking down Hatton on lesser number of rounds compared to what Mayweather have done to him. “Pacquiao is better than Mayweather”, Freddie Roach stated on his TV interview.
01/23/2009. Finally, There will be Pacquiao vs Hatton this May 2, 2009 after Pacquiao agreed to fight Hatton with the offer of 52-48 share to pay per view and a guaranteed take home earning of $12M. But there are stories that roaming that these agreement is mere speculations and still the match is under negotiations. Let just see what will be the official announcement of this fight. I will update you guys!
01/19/2009. Pacquiao today refused the other offer of Hatton’s camp of 50-50 or 55-45 aside from the 60-40 that he asked. Bob Arum told them that 60-40 sharing in profit is impossible to settle so Pacquiao’s camp is now ready for searching for new opponent. Sad! I thought I could see Hatton being beaten by Pacquiao or vis versa.
01/13/2009. Today, I just heard on the news that Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s group are discussing about the next fight of the people’s champ. After the successful fight of Pacquiao against De La Hoya, it seems that they are not stopping at all. They are still “picking for a fight” to different fighters. One of the fighter that they considered to negotiate to fight was Ricky “Hitman” Hatton, a welterweight champion from England. Actually this was the reason why Pacquiao named his new baby as “Queen Elizabeth” because he was expecting that his next fight will be with Hatton. But according to Pacman’s group they were not yet done with the deal because they were not able to agree with the “money deal.” The Pacquiao camp is asking for a 60-40 deal but Hatton’s group did not agree from this offer so the fight is still hanging and there’s no fix announcement yet. According to them, they will announced later this month if they will really fighting in the ring.
Another speculation that spreading in Las Vegas today was Pacquiao also considering to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., an undefeated American boxer who beats Ricky Hatton on their last match. Mayweather already retired and the last time that I saw this guy on TV was on Wrestling Mania. I don’t know if he will really fight again in the ring.
As of now, there’s no really final decision yet for both camps on who will be their next opponent. How about you what do you want to be the next boxing event to watch out, will it be Pacquiao vs Hatton or Pacquiao vs May Weather? Watch out!