LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao will end up in the ring together after all.
The popular British fighter and the pound-for-pound king from the Philippines will fight May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden in easily the year’s biggest bout — one that appeared scuttled earlier in the week when Pacquiao refused to accept terms already agree to by his promoter.
Pacquiao, who is coming off an easy win over Oscar De La Hoya last month, signed and faxed his bout contract to the headquarters of promoter Top Rank in Las Vegas on Friday.
The 12-round junior welterweight fight is expected to be a sellout, Top Rank spokesman Lee Samuels told The Associated Press.
“Manny Pacquiao is the most exciting, charismatic athlete in the world today. He has millions of fans worldwide,” Top Rank chief Bob Arum said from Los Angeles, where he is promoting Saturday night’s welterweight title fight between Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley….Full Story
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