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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Hatton Almost Wins In Las Vegas!

Ricky Hatton did himself and his vast army of travelling fans proud here in Las Vegas in the early hours, when the Manchester-based boxer came to within a hairs-breadth of beating Manny Pacquiao in their light-welterweight championship bout at the MGM Grand.

The pre-fight hype had placed Hatton as the underdog, but he made a mockery of that, as he came storming out of his corner in the first round, landing shots left, right and centre - a couple of which connected - before taking a couple on the chin himself.

Spurred-on by 25,000 adoring fans from Manchester who had defied the economic downturn and raided their piggy banks to come and offer him their undying vocal support, Hatton took a breather to regain his strength during the first round, before coming out in the same attacking frame of mind in the second.

He lasted a huge 2 minutes and 59 seconds of that round before finally running out of steam, and was knocked into the middle of the week-after-next by the Filipino, who hadn't even bothered to remove his dressing-gown, so confident was he.

The defeat could mark the end for Hatton, who is only 30, but many fans told us that they wanted him to carry on, and that this wasn't the end of Ricky Hatton.

One staunch admirer, Barry Madd, from Chorlton-cum-Hardy, said:

"Wot a waste o' money! All this way f' 6 minutes! Jeeeezus Christ!"


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