While a lot of the usa will probably be glued to their television sets throughout the late afternoon early evening to watch and wager on the 2009 Kentucky Derby Saturday, there’s another significant wagering event that happens later 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).
That is anybody’s struggle to win despite all the pros being over Pacquiao. The oddsmakers in Sportingbet.com had Pacquiao as a -223 favourite. Hatton will pay out well at +180 odds (US$100 pays US$180). (please be aware that Sportingbet does not take US players. Those residing in the US can bet 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’ll achieve something no fighter in boxing history has ever done, which is to claim the lineal championship at a fourth division. Lineal, as in the man who beat the guy, who beat the man, who beat the guy, etc.. In other words, he’ll be regarded as the»real» champion in a fourth division, not only a mere titleholder, how he was when he maintained his junior featherweight belt and lightweight name.
«Pacquiao goes down as one of the greats when he can reach a junior welterweight championship to go along with his other 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 because you have equaled and passed greats like a Henry Armstrong, greats such as Alexis Arguello. The way he has done it, we don’t understand his true fighting weight. Even he the lineal champion in so many weight classes. I make him out to be the best fighter ever and conceivably among the best fighters of all time if he can take this off.
«Now, we’ve got a lot more names, but it still does not dim or in any way decrease what Manny Pacquiao has done.»
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