It is being called The Battle of East and West and it is expected to provide another legendary moment in the boxing world. Ricky Hatton, the current IBO light welterweight champion and Ring Magazine junior welterweight champion, will put his titles on the line tomorrow night against WBC lightweight world champion Manny Pacquiao. The fight is scheduled to get underway at 9:00pm ET and will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It can be seen live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Pacquiao vs Hatton Odds at BetUS.com have the hard hitting Filipino listed at even moneyline odds to win by KO, TKO, or disqualification. Hatton is a +350 moneyline underdog to pull off any of the three.
Ricky Hatton enters this highly anticipated bout with a 45-1 professional record. The native of Manchester, England suffered his only career loss back in December of 2007 in a welterweight clash with the son of his trainer, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Hatton recovered from the set back by scoring a unanimous decision over Mexican Juan Lazcano at the City of Manchester Stadium in May of 2008 and getting an 11th round TKO against American Paul Malignaggi at the MGM Grand in November of 2008. Both fights were in defense of his IBO and Ring Magazine titles.
Hatton, who is known as "The Hitman", has been fighting professionally since 1997. The 30 year old describes himself as a "body puncher" and he has 32 knockouts to his credit. The orthodox fighter stands 5'6" tall with a 65" reach.
Pacquiao, who is largely regarded as the world's best pound for pound fighter and is even ranked so by Ring Magazine, will enter the Garden Arena tomorrow night with a 48-3-2 record. The powerful southpaw last fought in December of 2008, taking out the legendary Oscar De La Hoya in a welterweight scrap at the MGM Grand. Pacquiao dissected the former champion the majority of the fight and eventually scored a TKO in the eighth round.
Prior to the De La Hoya battle, the 30 year old Filipino earned the WBC lightweight championship by knocking out David Diaz in the ninth round of a June 28th fight at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
"Pacman", who is known for his quick jab and vicious left hand, will carry 36 career knockouts into the ring with him on Saturday night. He also stands at 5'6" but has a two inch reach advantage over Hatton, coming in at 67''.
Pacquiao by KO, TKO, or Disqualification +100
Pacquiao by Decision or Technical Decision +285
Hatton by KO, TKO, or Disqualification +350
Hatton by Decision or Technical Decision +500
Draw or Technical Draw +2800
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