Pacquiao Destroys Hatton with 2nd Round KO

Pacquiao KO's Hatton in Two Rounds at MGM Grand
Manny Pacquiao knocked out Ricky Hatton in a junior-welterweight title bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas tonight (Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com)

Pacquiao’s destruction of Hatton began with two knockdowns in the first round, both of which were set up by right hooks.  Hatton had no answers for the lightning fast punches of Pacquiao who scored with 57% accuracy.

Near the end of the second round, Pacquiao hit Hatton with a right and then delivered the knockout punch — a huge left hook that Hatton never saw coming. Hatton appeared be be unconscious as he hit the canvas and referee Kenny Bayless immediately ended the bout. Medics rushed into the ring to attend to Hatton and he was later taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Pacquiao celebrated his victory, saying it was “easy” — easier than his victory over Oscar De La Hoya which sent the ex-champ into retirement.

Pacquiao’s promoters would like to sign a lucrative fight deal with unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. but he’s planning to come out of retirement to fight Juan Manuel Marquez, so the winner of that bout may fight Pacquiao later this year.

Las Vegas photographer Erik Kabik was there to capture these great photos.

Pacquiao set up the first knockdown in round one
Pacquiao set up the first knockdown in round one

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Hatton takes a count by referee
Hatton takes a count by referee Kenny Bayless

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Pacquiao sets up the second knockdown
Pacquiao sets up the second knockdown

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The second and final round begins
The second and final round begins

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Pacquuiao scores with right hands
Pacquuiao scores with right hands

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Pacquuiao sets up the punch that will end the fight
Pacquuiao sets up the punch that will end the fight

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A huge left hook by Pacquiao sends Hatton to the canvas
A huge left hook by Pacquiao sends Hatton to the canvas

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Pacquiao steps away as Hatton hits the canvas
Pacquiao steps away as Hatton hits the canvas

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The referee checks Hatton who is out cold
The referee checks Hatton who is out cold

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The fight is over as the medics and cornermen enter the ring
The fight is over as the medics and cornermen enter the ring

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Manny Pacquiao after his two-round knockout of Ricky Hatton
Manny Pacquiao after his two-round knockout of Ricky Hatton

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Manny Pacquiao after his two-round knockout of Ricky Hatton
Manny Pacquiao after his two-round knockout of Ricky Hatton

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com