While much of the United States will probably be glued to their television sets during the late afternoon early evening to watch and wager on the 2009 Kentucky Derby Saturday, there’s another important wagering event that happens later that night: It is Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton, both of whom have huge loyal followings back house (Pacquiao, the Philippines and Ricky Hatton, the United Kingdom).
That is the fight to win despite all of the experts being over Pacquiao of anyone. The oddsmakers at Sportingbet.com had Pacquiao as a -223 favorite. Hatton will pay out well at +180 odds (US$100 pays US$180). (please note that Sportingbet doesn’t take US players. Those residing in the United States can wager at Super Book)
Here is 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 will 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 man who beat the man, who overcome the man, who beat the man, etc.. To put it differently, he will be regarded as the»real» winner at a fourth branch, not only a mere titleholder, how he had been when he claimed that his junior featherweight belt and lightweight title.
«Pacquiao goes down as one of the greats if he can accomplish a junior welterweight championship to go along with his additional hardware,» stated boxing historian and occasional ESPN.com contributor Bert Sugar. «Reason being — it is not only difficult to leapfrog this many weight classes, but since you’ve equaled and passed greats such as a Henry Armstrong, greats like Alexis Arguello. The way he’s done it, we don’t understand his fighting weight that is true. Even he the lineal winner in many weight classes. I make him out to be the greatest Asian fighter ever and conceivably among the best fighters of all time when he can carry this off.
«Now, we’ve got far more titles, but it nevertheless does not dim or in any way decrease what Manny Pacquiao has done»
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