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.
Closed-circuit viewing for $50 is available at Mandalay Bay, Mirage, TI, Monte Carlo, Circus Circus, Luxor, and New York-New York. HBO is offering on Pay-Per-View for $49.95.