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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Report: Pacquiao-Hatton bout in Las Vegas, not UK

MANILA, Philippines – So much for British fans eagerly awaiting the Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton fight at Wembley Arena as promoters chose Las Vegas as the possible venue for the 2009 mega-bout between two of boxing’s power punchers.

According to London’s The Telegraph, Top Rank Inc. of promoter Bob Arum has already decided that the fight will take place on May 2 in a still undisclosed venue in Las Vegas. Pacquiao and Hatton would reportedly share the proceeds expected to generate £40 million ($58,198,749).

Ray Hatton, Ricky’s father and manager, is still negotiating to take the mega-bout to British shores where they are set to host Pacquiao at Wembley Arena, which can seat 100,000 paying fans.

“From our viewpoint, the fight is all but done and will go ahead. We’re just still negotiating the terms of the location. We want to have the fight over here for the British fans and we’ve been trying to put together a package to show that we can financially equal, or better, what they can do over there," said the elder Hatton in an interview with The Telegraph.

However, US cable giant Home Box Office (HBO) has ruled out a UK venue and insisted the fight to take place in Nevada.

Arum said one of the things left to be settled was whether they would use the MGM Grand Garden Arena, which has a 15,000 seating capacity or the Thomas & Mack Center, which can hold 19,000 paying fans.

Hatton’s father is also planning a 12-week training for his son to prepare the British champion against Pacquiao.

The training, to be conducted by Floyd Mayweather Sr., could start early February in Britain and will move to Florida before setting in Las Vegas a few weeks before the scheduled May 2 match. – GMANews.TV


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