Uploaded on May 3, 2009
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Manny Pacquiao beat Ricky Hatton via technical knockout in the second round Saturday (Sunday in Manila) in Las Vegas, Nevada, snatching the light welterweight crown and carving his name as one of the legends in boxing history.
Pacquiao matched a boxing record by taking the title in his sixth different weight class.
The Filipino superstar knocked the Englishman down twice in the first round and finished off Hatton with a powerful left hand to the head that sent Hatton flat on his back.
Referee Kenny Bayless looked at the unmoving Hatton and waved his hands without even counting to 10, giving Pacquiao the victory after two minutes and 59 seconds of the second round.
Pacquiao won Hatton's International Boxing Organization junior welterweight title.
I didnt expect a short fight. He hit me hard, I was lucky to have hit him with a right hook. He was surprised with my right hand. Yes, he was strong, and I was careful not to be hit, said Pacquiao.
Pacquiaos coach, Freddie Roach, said he was not surprised by the early TKO since he had been working to improve Pacquiaos left and right hand punches.
Pacquiao thanked his supporters and planned to go home immediately to take a vacation.
Bob Arum of Top Rank said that Pacquiao was getting better. But the boxing champion countered, Dont forget God.
Arum said Pacquiao was the greatest fighter that ever lived.