While much of the United States will probably be glued to their television sets throughout the late afternoon early evening to watch and bet on the 2009 Kentucky Derby Saturday, there is another significant wagering event that happens later that night: It is Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton, both of whom possess enormous loyal followings back house (Pacquiao, the Philippines and Ricky Hatton, the United Kingdom).
This is the fight to win despite the experts being over Pacquiao of anyone. The oddsmakers in Sportingbet.com had Pacquiao as a -223 favourite. Hatton would pay out nicely at +180 chances (US$100 pays US$180). (please note that Sportingbet doesn’t take US players. Those residing in the US 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 achieve something no fighter in boxing history has ever done, and that is to claim the lineal championship at a fourth division. Lineal, as in the man who beat the man, who overcome the guy, who beat the man, etc.. To put it differently, he will be regarded as the”real” champion in a fourth division, not just 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 if he can reach a junior welterweight championship to go along with his additional hardware,” stated boxing historian and occasional ESPN.com contributor Bert Sugar. “Reason being — it’s not just hard to leapfrog this many weight classes, but because you have equaled and handed greats like a Henry Armstrong, greats such as Alexis Arguello. The way it has been done by him, we don’t understand his true fighting weight. Despite all of the straps, he the lineal winner in many weight classes. I make him out to be the greatest Asian fighter ever and conceivably one of the best fighters of all time when he can take off this.
“Now, we’ve got far more names, but it still does not dim or in any way minimize what Manny Pacquiao has performed ”
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