Tactical Operation Group 12 headed by Lt. Col. Dionisio Robles together with trainees of reserved unit from MASAGIP CLASS 2009 under Philippine Air Force cheers while watching on television at El Comedor Resto in Cotabato City in Mindanao the bout of Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao against British champion Ricky Haton in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao, a native of Mindanao, knocked out Hatton in the second round. Fighting between soldiers and rebels temporarily stopped during the boxing as in the past Pacquiao bouts. (Mindanao Examiner Photo / Mark Navales)
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / May 03, 2009) – Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao knocked out British pride Ricky Hatton in the second round of their fight Saturday in Las Vegas in Nevada.
Hatton started with a barrage of punches, attacking Pacquiao with right and left hooks, jabs and straights, but the Filipino fighter eventually sent the British hit man twice to the floor on the first round to the surprise of everybody.
Second round proved to be devastating to Hatton who was knocked so hard that he could hardly stand up and referee Kenney Bayless stopped the fight. Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer, said Hatton’s defeat came as a no surprise. “We have a great team effort,” he said.
Pacquiao won the International Boxing Organization light welterweight title.
CNN in an earlier interview with Pacquiao said the Filipino boxing superstar is to earn some $20 million in the fight. Pacquiao has won in five weight divisions. (Mindanao Examiner)