Promoter De la Hoya sees no flu fears for Pacquiao-Hatton


LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AFP) — The swine flu outbreak that has caused more than 150 deaths and worldwide concern is not a worry for Saturday’s boxing showdown between England’s Ricky Hatton and Filipino Manny Pacquiao.

“There’s no concern about it here now,” retired Mexican-American boxing star and fight co-promoter Oscar De la Hoya said on Wednesday. “All signs are we’re going to have a successful promotion.”

Nevada’s first confirmed swine flu infection was detected on Wednesday, making 10 states in all where the outbreak which began in Mexico has been identified, especially troubling in an entertainment mecca like Las Vegas.

“Swine flu is a huge concern,” De la Hoya said. “It’s a health issue and nobody wants to catch it. It’s in the back of people’s minds.

“I think we’re going to provide some great entertainment on Saturday. That’s what boxing is all about. I don’t think people for that hour are going to be thinking about the swine flu.”…Full Story

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