While much of the United States will probably be glued to their television sets during the late afternoon early evening to watch and bet on the 2009 Kentucky Derby Saturday, there’s another significant wagering event that takes place later that night: It is Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton, both of whom have enormous loyal followings back house (Pacquiao, the Philippines and Ricky Hatton, the United Kingdom).
That is anybody’s fight despite all the experts being over Pacquiao to win. The oddsmakers in Sportingbet.com had Pacquiao as a -223 favorite. Hatton will pay out nicely at +180 chances (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 struggle (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 claim the lineal championship at a fourth division. Lineal, as from the guy who beat the guy, who beat the man, who overcome the guy, etc.. In other words, he will be considered the»real» winner at a fourth branch, not only a mere titleholder, the way he was 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 is not just hard to replicate this many weight classes, but since you have equaled and handed greats such as a Henry Armstrong, greats such as Alexis Arguello. The way he’s done it, we still don’t know his fighting weight. Despite all the belts, he the lineal winner in so many weight classes. I make him out to be conceivably among the best fighters of all time and the best fighter ever if he can carry this off.
«Now, we have far more names, but it still doesn’t dim or whatsoever minimize what Manny Pacquiao has performed »
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