While a lot of the United States will be glued to their television sets throughout the late afternoon early evening to watch and bet on the 2009 Kentucky Derby Saturday, there’s another significant wagering event that happens after that night: It is Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton, both of whom possess huge loyal followings back home (Pacquiao, the Philippines and Ricky Hatton, the United Kingdom).
This is anyone’s fight despite all of the pros being over Pacquiao to win. The oddsmakers in Sportingbet.com had Pacquiao as a -223 favourite. Hatton will pay out nicely at +180 odds (US$100 pays US$180). (please be aware that Sportingbet doesn’t take US players. Those residing in the United States can bet at Super Book)
Here’s what’s at stake for Manny Pacquiao in this fight (a la ESPN.com):
If Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36 KOs), the betting favorite, dethrones England’s Hatton (45-1, 32 KOs), he’ll accomplish something no fighter in boxing history has ever done, which is to assert the lineal championship at a fourth division. Lineal, as from the guy who beat the man, who beat the guy, who overcome the man, etc.. To put it differently, he’ll be regarded as the”real” winner at a fourth branch, not just a mere titleholder, the way he had been when he claimed that his junior featherweight belt and lightweight title.
“Pacquiao goes down as one of the greats when he can reach a junior welterweight championship to go together with his other hardware,” said boxing historian and occasional ESPN.com contributor Bert Sugar. “Reason being — it’s not only hard to leapfrog this many weight classes, but because you have equaled and handed greats such as a Henry Armstrong, greats like Alexis Arguello. The way he’s done it, we don’t know his true fighting weight. With all the straps, he the winner in many weight classes. I make him out to be the best Asian fighter of all time and conceivably among the greatest fighters ever if he can carry this off.
“Now, we’ve got far more titles, but it still doesn’t dim or in any way decrease what Manny Pacquiao has performed .”
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