Pacquiao, Hatton finalize May 2 fight

Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton formally agreed Wednesday to fight for Hatton’s 140-pound title on May 2, ending several weeks of negotiating and posturing.

Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36 KOs), generally considered the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter, will go after Hatton’s IBO junior welterweight belt at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao nearly scuttled the bout several times in recent weeks while demanding a bigger share of the lucrative purse, even forcing Golden Boy Promotions to cancel a media tour planned for this week. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum finally persuaded Pacquiao to sign the necessary contracts after reaching a reworked deal with Hatton’s representatives earlier this week….Full Story

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