Ricky Hatton vs. Manny Pacquiao
Ricky Hatton vs. Manny Pacquiao, also billed as The Battle of the East and West, was a boxing light welterweight superfight for the International Boxing Organization (IBO) and The Ring light welterweight (super lightweight) championship. The bout was held between Manny Pacquiao of General Santos, Philippines and Ricky Hatton from Manchester, United Kingdom.
The superfight was held on May 2, 2009 at the MGM Grand Las Vegas at Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Hatton was knocked down by Pacquiao twice during the first round, and another time in the second round to lose via 2nd round KO.
- “This fat, beer-drinking Englishman is going to shock the world again.” — Ricky Hatton
- “I didn't have to count.” — Referee Kenny Bayless
- “You're going to be the greatest fighter who ever lived.” — Bob Arum
- “I'm the greatest trainer in the world because I've got the greatest fighter.” — Freddie Roach
- Hatton floored by brutal Pacquiao. BBC Sport (2009-05-03). Retrieved on 2009-05-03.
- Hatton undaunted by underdog tag. BBC Sport (2009-04-30). Retrieved on 2009-04-30.
- Doogan, Brian (2008-05-25). Hatton delights fans in shaky return to the ring. ESPN.com. Retrieved on 2008-05-25.
- Pacquiao proves ring greatness. BBC Sport (2009-05-02). Retrieved on 2009-05-03.