Ringside by Victor Perea & Andreas Hale
Photography by Chris Cozzone
The tickets were sold, the celebrities seated, the popcorn was made and the beer was a plenty. When the pride of Manchester England Ricky “Hitman” Hatton entered the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday night to defend his title against Filipino fan favorite Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, the match was set for one of the most legitimately anticipated, super showdowns in boxing.
Unfortunately, for the defending IBO light welterweight champion, the time spent listening to three beautiful national anthems was longer than the time spent defending his title, although the first 30 seconds did not seem that way.
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