We’ll have live play by play when the big fight happens. I will keep everyone updated with how the undercard is going, though I probably won’t have the round by round.
Our own Duan says that he’s been talking to some very smart boxing people who are leaning towards Ricky Hatton right now. Well, that happens a lot as fights get closer. But I wonder if there’s something to it?
We’ll be back in a few hours. It will soon be fight time y’all.
1. Chris Gray vs. Erislandy Lara
Gray’s nickname is “Classy”. Hmm, not sure I’d want that to be my boxing name unless I was really really good.
Well, that was a complete mismatch. Lara just used Gray as a punching bag. He connected on over 100 punches in the four round fight while Gray barely made any contact whatsoever. Gray lived up to his nickname though, in defeat.
Winner: Erislandy Lara by unanimous decision
2. Anthony Bartinelli vs. Matvey Korobov
This was another terrible mismatch. Just a completely different class of fighters.
Korobov caught Bartinelli on his heels and threw a straight left that nearly rearranged his grill. It didn’t go much longer.
Winner: Matvey Korobov by 2nd round TKO
3. Michael Walker vs. Daniel Jacobs
Walker was game, but Jacobs was just too fast and strong for him. Walker tried to rough him up a bit because that’s the way he was able to survive. It would’ve been nice to see Jacobs get a little more physical and take it to him, but he fought his fight and it was a clear and easy victory.
Winner: Daniel Jacobs by unanimous decision
4. Benoit Gaudin vs. Humberto Soto
I didn’t get to pay attention to this one as much as I wanted to, but it looks like Soto just outclassed him. By the 9th round, Gaudet was just wobbling around before it was stopped. Soto put him down once in the first and once in the ninth.
Winner: Humberto Soto by way of 9th round TKO
5. Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton
Tom Jones’ dad was just in the ring singing.
Big Dave Batista walked down the aisle. He made Pacquiao look like a child by size comparison.
On our poll, Pacquaio got 137 votes while Hatton received 66.
Pacquiao is already showing that he’s quicker than Hatton and he’s making Hatton look slow. Pacquiao dropped him with a left hook as Hatton lunged in and he’s landing at will. This fight could be over quickly. Hatton goes down again from a barrage of punches. If there’s a 10-7 round in boxing, this was it.
Hatton isn’t showing any of his new defensive skills and he’s lunging and trying to land punches, which just plays right into Manny’s hands.
Pacquiao is landing brutal combinations and Hatton is trying to land one punch. He’s trying to move his head and deke Pac and coming straight into straight punches from Pac. Give credit to Hatton for staying in there, but unless he’s able to load up, this isn’t going to be a happy ending.
Just as I said that, Hatton walked into a left hook a few seconds before the end of the round and he is knocked out completely. He doesn’t know where he is. The Pac-man chopped down the Hitman.
Winner: Manny Pacquiao by 2nd round TKO
I don’t want to say that Hatton foreshadowed his own loss, but during the last 24/7, he said he didn’t want his son Campbell watching the fight live because at any point in boxing, you could get knocked out. That’s exactly what happened.