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Photo: Manny Pacquiao, left, of the Philippines and Briti
No. 1: Predictions and pick 'ems
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Now the only thing that remains is the settlement in the ring. Who is going to win The Battle of the East and West? Well that's really a personal pick, but if you’re scoring at home the Las Vegas sports books are still heavily favoring the Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao by a healthy minus-250 mark.
Photo: Ricky Hatton of England, left, battles it out with
No. 2: Pacquiao, Hatton love Las Vegas
Friday, May 1, 2009
It might as well be written in each contract. If you choose boxing as an occupation, sooner or later, you're coming to Las Vegas. Stockbrokers work on Wall Street, actors work in Hollywood, the President works at the White House. Big-time boxers work in Las Vegas.
Photo: Boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya, center, poses wi
No. 3: Trainers' stories hidden behind trash talk
Thursday, April 30, 2009
If the two trainers could ever get past their trash talking personas, the public might get an insider’s look into their real personalities. What one may find out is despite all of Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Freddie Roach’s agreed upon differences, the two are more similar than they would like to admit.
Photo: Light welterweight boxer Ricky Hatton, right, of E
No. 4: Hatton still a power puncher at heart
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
To most boxing observers, body blows can be easily overlooked during the roar of a bout. They're boring. They don't knock a man unconscious, nor draw blood. But those who understand the sport know, the right body shot can stun a fighter, complicate the simple act of breathing and end a fight. Ricky Hatton threw what some consider the best body shot ever in a 2007 welterweight title fight against Jose Castillo. After three fairly even rounds, Hatton landed a left hook to Castillo's liver that dropped him to his knees. The blow sickened Castillo enough that he didn't move ...
Photo: Manny Pacquiao hits a double-end bag as prepares f
No. 5: Pacquiao is one quick cat
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Speed kills. It's one of the universally accepted philosophies that holds true in every sport and arguably no boxer puts his speed to better use than Manny Pacquiao. "Speed is always a big key for Manny Pacquiao," said Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach. "It's not only his hand speed, it's his foot speed. He gets himself in and out of trouble really quick. He scores points and gets out of there. He's got quick hands, but his feet are what's special."
Photo: Filipinos wave a Philippine flag as they celebrate
No. 6: An international affair
Monday, April 27, 2009
There will be flags a waving and Christmas-themed singing, and that’s just the crazy scene that will play out to those lucky enough to be inside the MGM Grand next Saturday night. Two worlds away the celebration will be even more intense as Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton meet in a megabout to decide boxing pride, and fan superiority between each superstar’s large legion of supporters.
Photo: Boxer Ricky Hatton, dubbed
No. 7: 'The Manchester Mexican' vs. 'The Mexi-cutioner'
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Technically, there won’t be any fighter of Mexican heritage in the ring on May 2 when Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao meet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. But with so much history between the two regarding boxing’s Mexican fan base, an interesting question has surfaced: Which of the two has earned the support of the demographic?
Photo: A screen shot shows, an exclu
No. 8: Watching how a world is watching
Saturday, April 25, 2009
The most glamorized build-up is taking place on HBO’s award-winning “24/7” series, a show that offers an all-access look into each fighter’s training camps, the escalating side bout between the two outspoken trainers (Freddie Roach and Floyd Mayweather Sr.), and of course, the importance this match holds in Pacquiao’s native Philippines and Hatton’s home of Manchester, England.
Photo: Boxers Manny Pacquiao, left, of the Philippines an
No. 9: A battle between East and West
Friday, April 24, 2009
For Richard John Hatton, taking over the family business involved different requirements than that of the average occupation. When Hatton was born on Oct. 6, 1978, the fact that he would become a supporter of the English soccer team Manchester City, was clearly made for him as his father and grandfather both played for the club. The choice as to whether or not he would follow in their footsteps in the ring, however, was one he ultimately would have to make.
Photo: Boxers Ricky Hatton of England and Manny Pacquiao
No. 10: The biggest chapter in two champions' storied careers
Thursday, April 23, 2009
As if any boxing fan needed to be told, May 2 will be the biggest fight of either boxer's career — but for completely different reasons. Officially, the 12-rounder is for Hatton's IBO and Ring Magazine World Junior Welterweight titles. Unofficially, it's for pound-for-pound superiority, a poor country's lowest class, redemption, the “world’s best” trainer trophy — take your pick.

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