Unbeaten welterweight pro boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., once considered boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighter when he retired in December 2007 after knocking out Ricky Hatton, said he’s coming back to take on Juan Manuel Marquez on July 18 at the MGM Grand Arena.
Mayweather, a Las Vegas resident, is undefeated at 39-0 with 25 knockouts.
“The king is back!” Mayweather said. “I’m here to fight and reclaim what is mine.”
The scheduled 12-round slugfest will be held at the welterweight level with a 143-pound weight limit.
Last night Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, a minus-290 favorite, delivered spot-on devastating left and right hooks to overwhelm and eventually TKO Britan’s Ricky Hatton with one second remaining in Round 2 of their scheduled 12-round junior welterweight showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas before a sellout, bellowing, frothing-at-the-mouth crowd of 16,262.
Pacquiao retained his pound-for-pound best boxer claim and improved his record to 49-3-2 with 37 knockouts. Dominating the fight from the opening bell, Pacquiao established the right hook in the first 30 seconds, hammering away at Hatton, whose only answer was to hold and hit until finally succumbing to Pacquiao’s left hook to the chin knockout blow that reeled and crashed Hatton flat on his back to the canvas.
Pacquiao earned $12 million for his smashing good looks and hooks; Hatton got $8 million for his whooping.
The long-anticipated and sold out boxing match promoted as “The Battle of East and West,” pitting Filipino Manny Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36 KOs) against Brit Ricky Hatton (45-1, 32 KOs) will start at approximately 8 p.m. (PT) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
With the betting line Pacquiao minus 270, over/under 9 ½ rounds and tickets priced at $150 to $1,000, the slugfest royale will undoubtedly be one for the record books. Hatton’s IBO and The Ring magazine junior welterweight championships will be at stake. Some contend Hatton is one the best British fighters ever, comparing him to Ted “Kid” Lewis, who won nine titles in multiple weight divisions after turning pro. For Pacquiao, at stake is the claim to be boxing’s pound-for-pound title, having already won three major fights in three weight divisions last year.
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