Manny Pacquiao cemented his claim to being the best pound-for-pound boxer Saturday night with a spectacular performance that ended with Ricky Hatton sprawled helplessly on the canvas after a devastating left hand to the head late in the second round.
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Pacquiao was a 2-1 favorite, but few anticipated an easy decision or that Hatton would be knocked down twice in the first round.
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Pacquiao came into the bout on the heels of his rousing victory over Oscar De La Hoya five months ago.
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Pacquiao's punches came straight down the middle and landed with increasing frequency as the fight went on.
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"I'm surprised the fight was so easy," Pacquiao said. "He was wide open for the right hook. I knew he would be looking for my left."
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Hatton connected on only 18 of 78 punches. Pacquiao landed 72 of 127 in a bout witnessed by 16,262 at the MGM Grand Arena..
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Pacquiao sent Hatton to the canvas for the third and final time with a left cross.
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Referee Kenny Bayless took one look at Hatton and declared the fight over at 2:59 of the second round. "I didn't have to count," Bayless said.
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Pacquiao improved to 49-3-2, with 37 knockouts, and earned $12 million, while Hatton fell to 45-2 and earned $8 million. Hatton's only other loss was to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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A national hero in the Philippines, Pacquiao is quickly winning over a legion of new fans.
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