By Edgar Gonzalez
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
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When you think about red carpet affairs in Hollywood, the first thing that comes to mind is celebrities. Several major Hollywood stars were on hand to join pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and junior welterweight champion Ricky Hatton at a red carpet themed press conference Monday night on Hollywood Boulevard at the famous Roosevelt Hotel to announce their scheduled bout on May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.
“I am honored to fight one of the world’s most popular fighters in the world,” stated Hatton. ” I have lost only once in my professional career, I have beaten some great fighters in my division. People keep asking how I am going to overcome Pacquiao’s power, but I think he should be worried about my power.”
“Is not about the size or the speed is about the right timing and that’s what I am focusing on and moving a lot more,” the “Hitman” explained. “Luis Collazo was a difficult southpaw whom I defeated so it doesn’t worry me about Manny being a southpaw.”
“We’re both looking for that knockout,so you know no one is backing down. It is going to be exceptional fight.”
“The Hitman” from Manchester (45-1 32KOs) has been defeated once by the speedy hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr. in December of 2007, but with Mayweather Sr. in his corner Hatton promises victory.
“Pacman is over!,” proclaimed Mayweather Sr. as he addressed the media. “Come May 2nd we’re taking your crown away.”
The crowd began to yell for Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach to fire back.
“I am not going to say much, Manny will do all the talking for me,” said Freddie Roach with a calm voice. When asked about the rumors of his request for Joe Cortez to be the third man in the ring:
” Yes, I want Cortez. I think he’s a great referee with plenty of experience; Hatton is the one who doesn’t want him because he knows Cortez won’t put up with his holding.”
Manny Pacquiao (48-3-2 36KOs) has earned his ticket to the hall fame with his spectacular boxing skills and his most recent victory over Oscar De La Hoya.
“He’s a nice guy, but in the ring we’ll fight for freedom,” stated the Filipino icon. “No one really knows who’s going to win. Only God knows.”
“Roach and I are training very hard just like we did against Oscar. I am going to be 110% ready. I just pray no one seriously gets hurt.”
“After this is over I want a rematch in a dart game, Hatton beat me the first game,” Pacquiao joked.
Mickey Rourke, Jr. who was a boxer in youth, but is better known for being a film actor who has appeared primarily as a leading man in action, drama, and thriller films was a special guest in today’s event. Actor Mark Wahlberg was also on hand.
Pacquiao vs. Hatton “The Battle of East and West,” a 12-round bout for Hatton’s IBO and Ring Magazine world junior welterweight titles, is promoted by Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions, in association with MP Promotions and Hatton Promotions, presented by Rock star Energy Drink and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and Southwest Airlines.