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By Aie Balagtas See, GMANews.TV

MANILA, Philippines —Manny Pacquiao is not bothered by Ricky Hatton’s bragging that he will beat the Filipino boxing icon in their upcoming mega-bout on May 2.

The British boxer said during his press conference last week that he will steal the world’s No.1 pound-for-pound fighter title from Pacquiao.

In interview with GMA News' James Velasquez Monday, Pacquiao said he would rather train hard than listen and think of Hatton’s threats.

The report was aired on GMA News' primetime newscast "24 Oras."

During the interview, Pacquiao did not promise to bring home the bacon, but he said he would give his best for the country.

"Ako'y hindi nangangako pero gagawin ko lahat ng aking makakaya at lahat ng aking magagawa sa ring para makapagbigay ng magandang laban at makapagbigay ng karangalan sa ating bansa [I'm not promising to win but I will do my best to give a good fight inside the ring and for the country]," Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao is set to fly to the United States on February 24 and is expected to train in Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles.


By Percy Crawford

"Hatton could stop Pacquiao man. I'm telling you what I know. Hatton is going to beat Pacquiao like Pacquiao beat a dehydrated De La Hoya because that's what he was. A lot of people got blinded by that performance from Pacquiao, but De La Hoya couldn't have looked any worse if he wanted to…Wait till you see this Ricky Hatton. He is going to be a different fighter man, mark my words. You could see a few changes in him already, but that wasn't shit compared to how he's going to look in May. Pacquiao is going to be in trouble man and mark my words, don't be surprised if Hatton stops him. Pacquiao still is not that skilled man," stated world-renowned trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. as he talked about the highly-anticipated clash between Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao. Plus, you don't want to miss what he had to say about Oscar De La Hoya, a potential Mosley-Mayweather showdown and much more. read more


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By Ronnie Nathanielsz

Acknowledging that his showdown in the “Battle of East and West” against Britain’s Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton will be a tougher fight than his lopsided 8th round TKO over Oscar De La Hoya in Las Vegas last December 6 Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao has promised to once again “sacrifice in training.”

In fact, Pacquiao plans to leave for Los Angeles after the christening of his daughter Queen Elizabeth on February 22 to begin preparation for his May 2 showdown with Hatton before leaving for London and Manchester to kickoff the promotional tour which will also take the two fighters to New York and Los Angeles.

In an enjoyable dinner gathering with sports editors and boxing writers last Friday night at the sprawling Harbour View seaside restaurant by Manila Bay , Pacquiao maintained his attitude of never predicting the outcome of his fights and respecting his opponents. read more


By Mark Vester

Ricky Hatton is a bit conflicted about his trainer's request for an eight week training camp in Las Vegas. Floyd Mayweather Sr. wants Hatton to arrive in Las Vegas about eight weeks before his May 2 mega-bout with Manny Pacquiao, which takes place at the MGM Grand. read more


Edwin Valero, the 24-0, 24 KO super featherweight contender from Venezuela, has signed with Top Rank. Bob Arum made the announcement today.

"Edwin Valero is one of the most exciting fighters in the world today," Arum said. read more


By Mark Vester

Despite suffering a bad cut in Saturday night's bout against Freudis Rojas in Jalisco, Mexico, former three-division champion Marco Antonio Barrera plans to move forward with his bout against Amir Khan on March 14 at the MEN Arena in Manchester. read more


By Mark Vester

Fresh from his dominating knockout of Antonio Margarito, the WBA welterweight champion, Shane Mosley, is looking for the biggest money fights he can land. The two fighters at the top of his target list are Manny Pacquiao, the number-one pound for pound fighter in the world, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. - the undefeated, but retired pound for pound king.

Richard Schaefer, CEO for Golden Boy Promotions [where Mosley is a partner], promised to begin talks with the Mayweather camp. So far Floyd has not shown any interest to return for a fight with Mosley. Pacquiao has a tough order on his hands when he takes on Ricky Hatton on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao would have to win in order to set up a Mosley encounter. read more


By Roy Luarca

MANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao, as always, refuses to be drawn into a war of words with Ricky Hatton.

The Filipino ring superstar would rather let his fighting do the talking when he faces Hatton for the British icon’s IBO light welterweight title on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Let’s just see what happens in the ring,” said Pacquiao, when asked by Filipino sportswriters for comment on Hatton’s boast on Thursday in Manchester, England, that he’s unbeatable at 140 lb. read more


By Dan Rafael

The month-long saga of the Ricky Hatton-Manny Pacquiao deal is finally over.

The much-anticipated fight, pitting junior welterweight champ Hatton and pound-for-pound king Pacquiao, is signed, sealed and delivered, promoters Top Rank and Golden Boy announced Wednesday.

They'll fight May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The fight will be on pay-per-view, but the promoters have not decided whether they will accept an offer from HBO or rival Showtime to produce and distribute the pay-per-view telecast. If they accept the Showtime offer, sister network CBS will have some involvement in the marketing and promotion of the bout, according to Top Rank's Bob Arum. read more


- Dennis Principe

MANILA, Philippines—For Floyd Mayweather Sr., Filipino sensation Manny Pacquiao faces certain defeat against British icon Ricky Hatton when they tangle on May 2 in Las Vegas.

The colorful American trainer even guaranteed a knockout win for Hatton, especially if Pacquiao decides to engage the popular Mancunian fighter in a brawl.read more


-- Lance Pugmire

Richard Schaefer, chief negotiator for Ricky Hatton, just called to say that the boxer has signed the paperwork, making it official that his fight with Manny Pacquiao is on. read more


By Gareth A. Davies

Manny Pacquiao's assertion that Ricky Hatton is "one-dimensional" has got the juices flowing on the eve of Hatton's first public comments on the great Filipino fighter. The debate is raging after Manny wasted no time in throwing the first verbal jab out into the ether. From experience, it should be a different story from 'the little lad from a Manchester council estate' as Hatton has often self-deprecatingly referred to himself, before mocking his father's height and revealing the fear of God his own mother puts into him at home. As a sit-com, The Osbournes and the Hattons are equally entertaining. read more


- GMANews.TV

MANILA, Philippines – Two boxing analysts believe Manny Pacquiao has enough in his arsenal to bring down Ricky Hatton in their May 2 superfight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s Top Rank coordinator, and Matchroom Sports Ltd. Managing director Eddie Hearn said in a 24 Oras report that they chose Pacquiao based on the reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion’s skills. read more


By Daniel “Tex” Cohen

Obnoxious, overly loyal boxing fanatics with favorite fighters located in the center of their pupils often bother boxing journalists with insane, silly declarations and off the cuff insults. Whenever I write that Juan Manuel Marquez should have at least one victory over Manny Pacquiao, some Pacman fan takes an hour and a half to bang out some stupid, misspelled e-mail lambasting me for my opinion. I take it as a sign of why Pacquiao is a popular fighter and a pitiful politician. When your biggest supporters are emotionally driven and have trouble stringing together sentences, your socio-political movement is bound to suffer.

These fans are hardly unique. Mayweather supporters will never admit that he simply should have lost against Jose Luis Castillo and has avoided some of the best welterweights of the last five years. Oscar De La Hoya lovers never point to their man as overrated, and certainly never admit that he should have lost against a talented but non-commercial Felix Sturm. read more


By Phil Barnett, PA Sport

Ricky Hatton has finally secured his second shot at becoming the world's best pound-for-pound fighter after his Las Vegas showdown with Manny Pacquiao was confirmed.

The Mancunian, currently the world's top light-welterweight, will face pound-for-pound king Pacquiao on May 2, a year and a half after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr at the same MGM Grand venue. read more


By Jake Donovan

Fighter A beats Fighter B, who previously beat Fighter C. Therefore, A beats C, right?

Wrong. Very wrong.

That’s what much of the boxing public was once again, as “Sugar” Shane Mosley, amidst a sea of pre-fight distractions and scandal, turned back the clock in delivering by far the best performance of his 15-year career. A 4-1 underdog coming in, Mosley made Antonio Margarito and the oddsmakers look damn foolish for eight-plus rounds before knocking out the steel-chinned Mexican in the ninth round of their 12-round welterweight title fight.

The bout took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, in front of an announced crowd of 20,820, the largest ever for a boxing event held at the venue. read more


By Michael Woods

It’s why we love boxing, the theater of the unexpected. Shane Mosley had a megacluster of storm clouds, including steroids allegations, a split with his trainer/father Jack and a divorce from wife Jin, hanging over his head as he got ready to face off with the real life Terminator, Antonio Margarito. But Mosley, at age 37, stayed focused on his in-ring task, and scored the most monumental win of his career as he stopped Margarito in the ninth round at a jam-packed Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. Mosley used his legs, and his brain, and his super-speedy right hand to dominate Margarito, who looked like the man who didn’t have his head in the game. The end for Margarito came at 43 seconds of the ninth, and with it Mosley took the WBA weltwerweight crown. read more


by Mike Cassell

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Larry Merchant about all things boxing. In usual Merchant style, he gave his honest hit on the mind of the modern fighter, and the possible comeback of Floyd Mayweather Jr. He also touched on the state of the Heavyweight division and what can be done to salvage a weight class that is taking a standing eight count.

Mike Cassell: Larry, I have to ask you about the Pacquiao - De La Hoya fight. You looked a bit like the cat that swallowed the canary after that fight. What did you know that nobody else seemed to know?

Larry Merchant: Well, I don’t think I knew that Pacquiao would virtually shut De La Hoya out and make him quit on the stool, because nothing like that has ever remotely happened to Oscar before. I did however know that Pacquiao could compete with Oscar, and the original intent of mine when I came up with the idea was that it would be a big event and boxing needs these big events, both to attract people that are not everyday viewers of boxing, and to show the business world that you can make a lot of money in the boxing arena. And secondly, my feeling was that I didn’t want to see a rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Oscar, as big of an event as that was, because I just didn’t see it turning out any different. Manny Pacquiao since he was fighting at 130lbs. had been weighing in at 140 by the evenings of his fights. I thought that if they met at welterweight, Manny could compete. But little did I think, or even realize, how complete a fighter Manny has become. When he originally came to America from the Philippines, he was this Typhoon that just over ran people his size. But in the interim years to his credit, under the guise of Freddie Roach, he has become a really complete aggressive boxer, puncher. He showed amazing poise and discipline in that fight, never getting reckless or careless, and we saw what we saw. read more


By Dong Secuya

Bacolod City -- After a long night and as the sun glimmers in the Philippines' eastern sky Friday, Pacquiao has finally gave the nod to his team to accept the existing offer from the Hatton camp to maybe finally seal the May 2 Pacquiao-Hatton superfight at MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao and his team are currently in Manila.

Pacquiao friend and confidant Rex 'Wakee' Salud informed PhilBoxing about the good news. The final financial deal is a 12 million dollar guarantee for Pacquiao and 52-48 PPV share in Pacquiao's favor.

The negotiation has been derailed after Pacquiao demanded a 60-40 PPV sharing in his favor from a 50-50 sharing being stipulated in the original contract. The Hatton camp countered with a 52-48 sharing in Pacquiao's favor and gave Pacquiao a Wednesday deadline to sign the contract. The fight has been called off as of yesterday when Pacquiao refused to budge as both parties issued statements blaming each other for the failed negotiation. read more



Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines said on Friday he has agreed to fight fellow boxing superstar Ricky Hatton of Britain, two days after walking out on the May 2 deal over a dispute on the megabucks purse.

“The world is looking forward to it, so the fight is on,” the World Boxing Council lightweight champion said over local radio.

“I have spoken to Bob Arum,” the “Pacman” said, referring to the US promoter who handled his side of the fight negotiations. read more


by Lance Pugmire

In the latest, unexpected turn in an unpredictable negotiation, Manny Pacquiao's representatives told the boxer's promoter, Bob Arum, that Pacquiao's signature on a contract to fight Ricky Hatton will be faxed and e-mailed tonight to Arum's Top Rank headquarters in Las Vegas.

"Manny has assured me he's signed the contract, that he's announcing to the Philippines press that he's signed it, and that everything's done," Arum told The Times Thursday night.

A day after Hatton tired of repeated Pacquiao signing delays and instructed his promoter, Richard Schaefer, to pull out of the fight and look for other opponents, Pacquiao released an early morning Thursday statement urging Hatton to cut out the "middlemen," and "get it on." read more


News Services

A May 2 showdown between Britain's Ricky Hatton and Phillipines star Manny Pacquiao has been called off after the fighters' camps could not agree on how to split the purse.

Bob Arum, who promotes Pacquiao, said the boxer wanted more money and a bigger split of the profits from the 50-50 deal.

Hatton, 45-1 with 32 knockouts, hopes to instead fight Oscar de la Hoya, the winner of next month's fight between Juan Diaz and Juan Manuel Marquez or retired star Floyd Mayweather in the Las Vegas spectacle. read more


By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

As far as Manny Pacquiao is concerned, there is still no deal to fight British slugger Ricky Hatton.

This was confirmed Friday by Pacquiao adviser Rex “Wakee” Salud, who said that the Filipino superstar isn’t fighting Hatton unless the revenue sharing tilts to his favor.

“Manny’s stand is the same; he is not fighting unless the numbers move to his favor,” Salud told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. read more


by James Slater

It seems as though all fans of good fights will be feeling mightily depressed/angry in the next 24-hours; as the match-up that has been in jeopardy for some time now - in Manny Pacquiao Vs. Ricky Hatton - looks like it is off. As we know, money issues have been being discussed for the past few days now, and it seems these issues will not now be settled.

According to a news article that has appeared on today's Telegraph.co.uk, the fight will be off unless a deal can be reached within the two fighter's camps today (Wednesday the 21st). If a late-in-the-day agreement is not reached (and it doesn't look good), a UK press conference will be held on Thursday of this week so that Team-Hatton can officially announce the May 2nd fight as being off. read more


By Abac Cordero And Joey Villar

Manny Pacquiao is just waiting for a substantial movement in the purse split, and he will waste no time putting his name on the dotted line for a May 2 showdown with Ricky Hatton in Las Vegas.

“Mag-adjust lang sila dahil hindi puwede ang fifty-fifty (They should make the adjustments because fifty-fifty won’t do),” Pacquiao told The STAR as the stalemate in the negotiations continued.

As of yesterday, there was no substantial movement.

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By Abac Cordero

Larry Merchant, the legendary boxing commentator who has worked the biggest fights in recent history, is calling the Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton fight pretty even.

“The thinking in some corners is, sooner or later Pacman (Pacquiao) will land shots, as Hatton is moving in. He’s got that lefty power Hatton won’t be prepared for,” he said.

However, the gray-haired HBO commentator who hatched the “Dream Match” between Pacquiao and Oscar dela Hoya, said Hatton has the ability to pull it off as well.
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by PrimeTyme Koby

Flash back to Dec. 6, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Before the two combatants made their way to the ring, it was billed as a sort of David and Goliath, because of the size of the men involved. One, the Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya, was naturally the bigger man with odds his way. Or so it seemed.

Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao, the smaller man, entered the ring and seemed to have the vibrant glow. It was clear to see who was the real "Golden Boy" before the first bell rang. read more


MANILA, Philippines – The only thing left to be settled in this year’s Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton mega-bout is the revenue split for both fighters.

PhilBoxing.com has reported that both camps has agreed on a May 2 fight in Las Vegas, the question that remains is which fighter gets the larger slice of the pay per view shares and the bigger guaranteed purse. read more



By Tim Smith frankwarren.tv

Calzaghe beat Hopkins last year. And after Hopkins beat Pavlik and Calzaghe beat Jones, Hopkins was angling=2 0for a rematch with Calzaghe. But Calzaghe said he didn’t want to fight Hopkins because of the racists statements that Hopkins made during the first promotion.“If he says he doesn’t want to fight me because I’m a racist then he really doesn’t know me at all,’’ Hopkins said. “I will say and do things to hype the fight. Sometimes they’re not diplomatic. But that’s me. I’m not going to change that.’’Hopkins said the Pacquiao-De La Hoya match proved that people will pay to watch boxing, even in an economic downturn, if the match is right. read more




By Leo Reyes digitaljournal.com

Top Rank’s top honcho Bob Arum wants a Pacquiao-Hatton match in Las Vegas, Nevada instead of London’s Wembley Stadium which was originally suggested by the camp of the popular British boxer, Ricky Hatton.

Both Arum and Pacquiao agree that next boxing event should happen in Las Vegas with Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton as the main attraction. Arum said in a report published in the Inquirer.net, that the match could be held as early as May 2, 2009. The schedule has not been announced formally but suggested that May 2nd is a possibility. Arum explained though that he still has to consult Manny Pacquiao on the date because of his previous personal and business commitments. read more



By Mark Lorenzana 8COUNTNEWS.COM

Oscar De La Hoya had barely managed to lick his wounds and bruises from the thrashing he received from Manny Pacquiao when Floyd Mayweather Jr. had begun making noises regarding a comeback.

If the reports are true, then Mayweather Jr. would be lacing up his gloves again after announcing his second retirement last year. The encore retirement (certainly uncalled for, since avid and hardcore boxing fans enjoy Floyd’s virtuoso performances every time he practices the Sweet Science) came at the heels of an impressive stoppage victory over Ricky Hatton. read more



David Haye’s level of confidence grew by leaps and bounds when he sat ringside on December 6 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and watched Manny Pacquiao demolish Oscar De La Hoya for eight one-sided rounds. Pacquiao, a much smaller man, made a jump from lightweight to welterweight for the fight. He was viewed by many as being too small to win. read more