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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Report: Pacquiao, Hatton sides hope deal settled before year ends

MANILA, Philippines – The promoters of Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton stressed that a match pitting their fighters is close to being finalized, reported on Saturday.

Bob Arum of Top Rank Inc., Pacquiao's promoter, told writer Dan Rafael that he is "upbeat" about developments.

"I think we're there. We're just mopping up little details."

Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions, which represents Hatton, echoed the optimism.

"I talked to Ray Hatton [Ricky's father] and my hope is that we can finalize everything before the end of the year. I feel pretty good about it."

A May 2 date is being eyed, both promoters said. Although Las Vegas is seen as the host city, a specific venue has yet to be named.

Pacquiao, who is on track to be named 2008's Fighter of the Year, will be fighting in his fourth weight division in as many matches.

If Pacquiao takes on Hatton, the catch weight will be at junior welterweight (140 lbs), Hatton's domain.

Pacquiao fought at 132 lbs last April, 135 in June and 147 earlier this month when he blasted Oscar de la Hoya.

Pacquiao is currently the world lightweight (135lb) champion, while Hatton is the reigning 140lb world champion. – GMANews.TV


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