Celebrities in attendance include Denzel Washington, Jack Nicholson, Cedric The Entertainer, Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, Jeremy Piven, Puff Daddy and Jay-Z. "There's only one Ricky Hatton," the Brits begin to sing. "Manny, Manny, Manny," the Pinoys begin to cheer. Martin Nievera sings a nice, upbeat version of the Philippine National Anthem. Sir Tom Jones, looking EXTREMELY old with his gray hair, but still rockin' a tan, sings the British National Anthem. Jazmine Villegas sings the American National Anthem. Tonight, Manny Pacquiao has rehydrated to 148 lbs. while Hatton is back up to 152 lbs. Ricky Hatton makes his way to the ring first. He looks extremely focused, confident and intense. Interestingly, Hatton enters to his own personalized song before it breaks into his traditional Blue Moon entrance. He's already in the ring before Blue Moon really even gets a chance to play. Manny Pacquiao enters next all smiles as he's accompanied by WWE superstar Batista. He looks extremely confident as well. Pacquiao prays in the corner before the bout begins. "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN...LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!"
Pacquiao lays out a lazy jab. Hatton looks to rough him up on the inside. HARD right hook lands for Pacquiao. Quick left lands for Pacquiao. Hatton roughs him up on the inside. Another hard right lands for Pacquiao. 1-2 lands for Pacquaio. Another right hook lands for Pacquiao. Pacquiao lands another right hook and Hatton holds on. Hatton looks slow. Another right hook lands for Pacquiao. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO......and another right hook from Pacquiao drops Hatton. He's up. Another right hook lands for Pacquiao. Pacquiao is all over Hatton. 1-2 lands for Pacquiao. Another 1-2. Hatton is wobbled. Another left from Pacquiao drops Hatton again. WOW!!!! Hatton is up. End of round. HUGE round for Pacquiao. This fight ain't going the distance.
Pacquiao 10 Hatton 7
"You gotta move your head man," stated Mayweather Sr. in the corner. No shit! Right hook lands for Pacquiao. Hatton lands a left. Woooooo...quick right hook lands for Pacquiao. 1-2 lands for Pacquiao. Right hand lands for Hatton and he holds on. Left and a right lands for Pacquiao. HARD left hand from Pacquiao rocks Hatton. Another. Hatton lands a left. Wooooo...another hard right hand lands for Pacquiao. Hatton gets a quick warning for holding behind the head. HARD straight left lands for pacquiao. Hatton lands a right hook. Pacquiao answers with a 1-2. Wow! Pacquiao's landing just about everything in there. HARD right hand lands for Pacquiao. Short left on the inside lands for Pacquiao. Right to the body lands for Pacquiao. Another right upstairs for Pacquiao. 1-2 lands for Pacquiao. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...HUGE left hook from Pacquiao lands and Hatton is FLATTENED. That's it! It's over! WOW! Hatton doesn't even move! WOW! Hatton is attended to immediately. Wow!
THE WINNER BY WAY OF TKO AT 2:59 OF ROUND 2...AND IBO AND RING MAGAZINE LIGHT WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD...MANNY PACQUIAO
Manny Pacquiao total punches: 73/127
Ricky Hatton total punches: 18/78
"I'm surprised the fight is kind of easy...he can punch, he has a strong left hand...left hook and right hook, that's going to be the key of this fight...I expected my right hook is going to be dangerous for him because he's open...he's very surprised because I have a new right hook...I'm always doing my job in the ring and do my best to make people happy...nothing personal for me, I'm just doing my job," stated Pacquiao. "I'm satisfied...I'm always trying my best in the ring...I can fight anybody...I hope everybody's happy...thank you very much," he continued. Freddie Roach remarked, "Every time Ricky throws his left hand, he pulls it back, he cocks it and he's wide open for a right hook in the southpaw stance...I knew it was over."
HUMBERT SOTO VS. BENOIT GAUDET
Gaudet up on his toes and looking to box. Soto charges in and wooooooooooo...left hook drops Gaudet immediately. He's up. Flash knockdown. 1-2 lands for Gaudet. Soto lands a left. Jab to the body lands for Gaudet. Two quick jabs land for Soto. Right hand lands for Soto upstairs. Nice right down the middle lands for Gaudet. Two nice body shots land for Soto to end the round. Round to Soto.
Soto 10 Gaudet 8
Gaudet up on his toes and keeping his distance. Soto unable to chase the elusive Gaudet down. Nice straight right lands for Gaudet. Gaudet has some pretty good defensive skills. Another right hand lands for Gaudet and he holds on. Soto lands a right. Another right upstairs and a left to the body lands for Soto. Right hand down the middle lands for Gaudet. Soto answers with a left hook. Right hand lands for Soto. Gaudet holds on. Another right down the middle lands for Gaudet. Both men flurry to end the round. Close round. I give it to Soto for landing the bigger shots, but Gaudet was landing some nice shots of his own.
Soto 20 Gaudet 17
Both men trade jabs. Soto closing the distance. Right to the body lands for Gaudet. Nie right hand upstairs lands for Gaudet, but a much harder one from Soto snaps his head back. Gaudet continues to keep is distance as he retreats. Soto continues to walk him down. Nice right hand down the middle lands for Gaudet again. 1-2 lands for Gaudet. Round to Gaudet.
Soto 29 Gaudet 27
Right hand down the middle lands for Gaudet. 1-2 to the body lands for Gaudet. Soto lands a left hook. Right hand HARD lands for Gaudet. Another HARD right hand lands down the middle for Gaudet and he dances away. Soto lands a left to the body. Gaudet ties him up. Gaudet lands a right and Soto lands a left hook upstairs. Left hook of his own lands for Gaudet. Round to Gaudet. Gaudet is doing a good job of potshotting. Even though his punches are as hard as Soto's, I still gotta give him credit for landing more of them.
Soto 38 Gaudet 37
Stiff jab from Soto snaps the head back of Gaudet. HARD right hand from Soto momentarily staggers Gaudet. 1-2 lands for Gaudet. Right hand over the top lands for Soto. Gaudet lands a right of his own. Jab lands for Gaudet. Quick 1-2 to the body lands for Gaudet. Soto lands a right. Another HARD right lands for Soto as Gaudet digs a 1-2 to the body. Right hand lands for Soto. Another. Gaudet answers with a short left hook. Another close round. I give this one to Soto for landing the bigger shots.
Soto 48 Gaudet 46
Gaudet pressing the attack now as he doubles up on his jab. Right hand lands for Soto. 1-2 to the body lands for Gaudet. They trade right hands. Quick 1-2 lands for Gaudet. Right hand down the middle lands for Gaudet. Another right lands for Gaudet. A couple jabs land for Gaudet. Soto lands a right upstairs. Another. HARD 1-2 to the body lands for Gaudet. Left hook and an uppercut on the inside lands for Gaudet. Round to Gaudet.
Soto 57 Gaudet 56
Right hand lands for Gaudet. They trade jabs. Left to the body lands for Gaudet. Soto lands an uppercut. Gaudet lands a nice three-punch combo off the ropes. 1-2 lands for Gaudet. Right hand from Soto is blocked by Gaudet. Soto having a hard time closing the distance. Gaudet lands a nice left hook. Accidental low blow from Gaudet drops Soto. Nady gives him warning. Good call. Both men trade lefts and right. Soto looking to brawl, but Gaudet landing some nice counters. Nice right hand down the middle lands for Gaudet. Round to Gaudet.
Soto 66 Gaudet 66
Right hand lands for Gaudet. Another. Soto lands a left hook to the body. HARD right hand over the top lands for Soto. Gaudet answers with a 1-2. Another 1-2 to the body lands for Gaudet. Right hand down the middle lands for Soto. Gaudet just eats it. Another left hand lands for Soto. Gaudet lands a right upstairs. HARD right hand down the middle lands for Soto. Close round, but I give it to Soto for landing the bigger shots.
Soto 76 Gaudet 75
Double jab lands for Gaudet. Right hand lands for Gaudet. Soto not really firing much back in return. OOOOOOOOOOOHHH...just when I say that, HUGE uppercut from Soto drops Gaudet clean. He's up, but he looks wobbly. HARD right hand down the middle lands for Soto. WOOOOOOOOOOOO...another HUGE right hand from Soto just freezes Gaudet and he slowly drops to the canvas. That's it. It's over.
THE WINNER BY WAY OF TKO AT 2:25 OF ROUND 9...AND STILL WBC SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION...HUMBERTO SOTO
Humberto Soto total punches: 159/443
Benoit Gaudet total punches: 111/519
Humberto Soto power punches: 109/273
Benoit Gaudet power punches: 87/278
DANIEL JACOBS VS. MICHAEL WALKER
Walker comes out fast and bulls Jacobs back to the ropes. Jacbos fires out a jab. Another. Jacobs dancing up on his toes. Quick right hand lands for Jacobs. Another. Jacbos keeping his distance as he doubles up on the jab. Uppercut lands for Jacobs and he ducks away. Walker looks a little confused by the movement. Left to the body lands on the inside for Walker. Jacobs lands a left to the body of his own. Short left hook on the inside land sfor Jacobs and he lets his hands go landing a flurry. Walker looks buzzed against the ropes as he tries to recover. End of round. Round to Jacobs.
Jacobs 10 Walker 9
Walker charges in again and tries to rough Jacobs up against the ropes. Both men trade on the inside. 1-2 lands for Jacobs. Walker swinging wildly. Wild left hook lands for Walker. Jacobs lands another 1-2. Right hand down the middle lands for Jacobs. Stiff jab lands for Jacobs. Left to the body from Jacobs had Walker doubling over. Jacobs continues to control the ring with his jab and movement. Walker lands a 1-2 to the body. Left hook followed by a right lands for Jacobs. Round to Jacobs.
Jacobs 20 Walker 18
Walker looks to rough Jacobs up on the inside as he lands a short left hook. Another right hook lands for Walker. Jacobs doing a little too much holding. Now Jacobs lets his hands go and lands a right and a left. Walker fires back though and lands a solid shot upstairs. Uppercut lands for Jacobs. Two shots south of the border land for Walker. Looping right hand and two left hooks land on the inside for Walker and then he slams Jacobs to the ground. A break in the action for Jacobs to adjust his trunks. Walker charges in again. Jacobs lands a left hook to the body followed by a 1-2 upstairs. Hard right to the body lands for Walker. Both men trade on the inside to end the round. Much closer round. I give it to Jacobs for landing the cleaner shots, but it could get interesting if Walker keeps the pressure up on him.
Jacobs 30 Walker 27
Jacobs lands a 1-2 in the corner and ducks away. Walker lands a leaping left hook. Anohter looping right hook lands for Walker. Walker walking him down. HARD 1-2 to the body lands for Walker. Nice uppercut lands for Walker. Walker continues to work Jacobs on the inside. Now Jacobs lands an uppercut and ducks away. Nice right hand to the body lands for Jacobs. Uppercut lands for Jacobs. Looping right lands for Walker. HARD 1-2 to the body lands for Jacobs. Jacobs landing some nice combinations in there. Another quick three-punch combo lands for jacobs. Walker lands a left hook, but Jacobs lands a bigger right hook and a left hand upstairs. Round to Jacobs.
Jacobs 40 Walker 36
Jacobs looking to keep his distance behind the jab. A break in the action to check a clash of heads. Right hand lands for Jacobs. Another right and an uppercut lands for Jacobs. Right hand for Jacobs and he ducks away. HARD left to the body from Jacobs freezes Walker in his tracks. Walker charges in and lands a right upstairs. Left hook lands for Walker. Jacobs peppers him with his jab. Uppercut and a right hand lands for Jacobs. Walker misses wildly with a right. Round to Jacobs.
Jacobs 50 Walker 45
Jacobs works his jab and dances away on his toes. Walker has slowed a lot. Nice 1-2 lands for Jacobs. More jabs from Jacobs keep Walker at bay. Actor Jack Nicholson can be seen in attendance sitting ringside. It's all Jacobs in this round as he circles the ring and controls the distance behind his jab. Walker lands a left to the body. Now Walker backs Jacobs up to the ropes and lands right upstairs. Walker continues to try to work the body. Jacobs spins and lands a quick combo of his own. Round to Jacobs.
Jacobs 60 Walker 54
Walker lands a left to the body. Jacobs fires out the jab. Right hand lands for Walker. They trade jabs. Jacobs lands a left to the body. Jab and a right from Jacobs and he dances away. A series of uppercuts land for Jacobs. Walker lands a right upstairs, but not much on it. HARD left hook to the body lands for Jacobs. Walker lands a left hook upstairs. Jacobs fires back with a six-punch combo...just scoring shots though and not much on them. Round to Jacobs.
Jacobs 70 Walker 63
Walker tries to rough him on the inside. Right hand to the body lands for Walker. Uppercut lands for Walker. Quick three-punch combo lands for Jacobs. 1-2 lands for Jacobs. Jacobs circles the ring behind his jab. Some more roughhousing on the inside. Left, right and an uppercut lands for Jacobs. Another 1-2 lands for Jacobs. Nice left and a right upstairs lands for Jacobs. Round to Jacobs.
Jacobs 80 Walker 72
THE WINNER BY UNANIMOUS DECISION...DANIEL JACOBS
Official judges scorecards: 80-72, 80-72, 79-73
Daniel Jacobs total punches: 225/767
Michael Walker total punches: 82/424
Daniel Jacobs power punches: 155/448
Michael Walker power punches: 73/328
Ann Wolfe is in attendance to address the situation with James Kirkland. "I was real disappointed in James...we all make mistakes...we gonna stand behind him...a lot of times when you're down, sometimes you don't know how to stand up...I think he needs to learn a lesson and if he comes back, we have a test that we'll have to accomplish...I think he gettin' some tough love now...we gotta give him an opportunity like I got an opportunity...besides being his coach, I love James," she stated. "I'm a trainer now...I ran after Laila for three years...she never came, but I'm a trainer now...I think Laila need to go ahead and keep dancing with the stars though...my heart is really into training...I'm just looking forward to the opportunity to get more fighters so I can show people that I'm a really good trainer," she continued as she addressed rumors of a possible fight with Laila Ali.
KOROBOV VS. BARTINELLI
Korobov starts out landing a hard straight left. They trade jabs. Another left hand down the middle lands for Korobov. They trade jabs again. STIFF uppercut lands for Korobov. Right hook lands for Korobov. I don't think this one is going the distance. Right hand over the top lands for Korobov. HARD straight left from Korobov snaps the head back of Bartinelli. Right hook and a left to the body lands for Korobov. LOL...Manny Stewart said if he was managing Kelly Pavlik right now, he'd be very happy that he's not going to have to fight Korobov. I'm guessing Stewart doesn't like Pavlik too much. Nice three-punch combo lands for Korobov. WOOOOOOO....HARD right hook from Korobov BLASTS the mouthpiece of Bartinelli into the fifth row. WOW! Left hand lands for Korobov. Round to Korobov.
Korobov 10 Bartinelli 9
Left to the body lands for Korobov. Bartinelli on the retreat. Right hand lands for Korobov. Left hand down the middle and WOOOOOO another left hand down the middle drops Bartinelli. He's up at eight. Korobov presses the attack. Right hand followed by a left upstairs lands for Korobov. Hard three-punch combo lands for Korobov. Right to the body lands for Korobov. Straight left lands for Korobov...another. WOOOOOOO....HARD straight left down the middle lands again for Korobov. And that's it...the referee has seen enough. Bartinelli was just waaaay out of his league.
THE WINNER BY WAY OF TKO AT 2:15 OF ROUND 2...MATVEY KOROBOV
Matvey Korobov power punches: 57/72
Anthony Bartinelli power punches: 1/13
Manny Pacquiao's mom decided not to come to the fight tonight, feeling that she'd be too nervous and opting to sit and pray elsewhere.
ERISLANDY LARA VS. CHRIS GRAY
Lara starts off with a crisp jab. Right hook over the top lands for Lara. Gray looks hesitant to engage. Left to the body lands for Lara. Stiff jab lands for Lara. Gray reaches in and misses with a right. Lara mixing it up with jabs o the body and head. Gray lands a right to the body and ties up. Lara stalking patiently...very calculated with his punches. Straight left followed by a couple of body shots land for Lara. Left hand upstairs lands for Lara. Round to Lara.
Lara 10 Gray 9
Hard 1-2 lands for Lara. Gray retreats. Left hand to the body from Lara has Gray covering up. Another 1-2 lands for Lara. Gray not offering much in resistance. Wooooo...nice three-punch combo lands upstairs for Lara. Straight left lands for Lara. Gray retreats. Manny Stewart is so impressed with Lara that it prompted him to say that middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik would have a problem with him. Lara starting to get cute in there as he starts to showboat a bit. Left hand lands for Lara. Round to Lara.
Lara 20 Gray 18
Manny Stewart also thinks Lara would give Paul Williams problems over the course of four rounds. Interesting. Gray, who's clearly outclassed, is in survival mode now. Left hand lands for Lara. Another. Left uppercut lands for Lara. Another straight left lands for Lara. 1-2 from Gray is blocked. 1-2 from Lara isn't blocked. Gray wings a right, but misses. Now Gray actually lands a weak right hand. Lara lands a harder left. Uppercut lands for Lara. Round to Lara.
Lara 30 Gray 27
Gray comes out a little more active and lands a right to the body and a left upstairs. Hard left hand down the middle lands for Lara. Another. 1-2 lands for Lara. Gray holds on. Gray lands a right to the body. Right hand upstairs lands for Lara. End of round. Round to Lara. For the record, I don't think Chris Gray would have lasted four rounds with Kelly Pavlik or Paul Williams.
Lara 40 Gray 36
THE WINNER BY UNANIMOUS DECISION...ERISLANDY LARA
Official judges scorecards: 40-36, 40-36, 40-36
Erislandy Lara total punches: 108/217
Chris Gray total punches: 11/148
Erislandy Lara jabs: 69/106
Chris Gray jabs: 10/54
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- Bernabe Concepcion UD6 Yogli Herrera
- Joe Murray UD4 Misseal Nunez
- Omar Chavez KO2 Tyler Ziolowski