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Pacquiao stuns Hatton with second-round TKO

LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao was dominating. Ricky Hatton was left helpless. Pacquiao cemented his claim to being the best pound-for-pound boxer Saturday night with a spectacular performance that ended with Hatton sprawled out on the canvas after a devastating left hand to the head late in the second round.

Manny Pacquia, right of the Philippines, delivers the final knockdown punch to British boxer Ricky Hatton during the dying seconds of the second roundof their junior welterweight boxing match May 2, 2009 in Las Vegas

Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, (right) of the Philippines, delivers the final knockdown punch to British boxer Ricky "Hitman" Hatton during the dying seconds of the second round of their IBO light welterweight boxing match May 2, 2009 in Las Vegas

Ricky Hatton of Britain (left) goes down in a TKO in the second round during his fight with Manny Pacquia o of the Philippines in their 12 round super lightweight world championship bout

Ricky "Hitman" Hatton of Britain (left) goes down in a TKO in the second round during his fight with Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao of the Philippines in their 12 round IBO light welterweight world championship bout

Referee Kenny Bayless took one look at Hatton and declared the fight over at 2:59 of the round.

“I didn’t have to count,” Bayless said.

Pacquiao needed less than half a round to figure out the onrushing Hatton, hitting him with a flurry of punches midway through the first round before putting him down for the first time with a right hook to the head. Hatton got up at the count of eight but Pacquiao landed another flurry and dropped him again just before the end of the round.

Hatton attempted to carry the fight to Pacquiao in the second round but was mostly ineffective as Pacquiao sized him up for a big punch. It finally came at the end of the round when he landed a left cross that flattened the English fighter.




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