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January 22, 2009 | Lance Pugmire, Pete Thomas, Staff and Wire Reports
What would've been Manny Pacquiao's most lucrative fight yet has been called off by his scheduled May 2 opponent, Ricky Hatton, whose camp grew tired of waiting for the Philippine star to sign a contract. Hatton's camp Tuesday informed his promoter, Richard Schaefer of Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, that Pacquiao had until early Wednesday to agree to terms in a signed deal or that Schaefer should begin seeking other opponents for a May 2 fight in England, including De La Hoya.
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April 24, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
There's a substantial difference of opinion between the man who runs Golden Boy Promotions and the former world-champion boxer the Los Angeles-based company is named after. A day after Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya said he wanted to re-start business with his former promoter and rival, Top Rank promotions Chairman Bob Arum, Golden Boy's Chief Executive Richard Schaefer said he doesn't. In a lengthy telephone conversation with The Times on Tuesday, De La Hoya said, “If anyone with Golden Boy has any differences with Bob, it's on them.
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November 14, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
If you were there and heard it, the cheers of “There's only one Ricky Hatton!” brought chills. Adoration toward the British boxer who routinely fought his heart out was a reminder of what the greatest sports heroes inspire. That's why it was unexpected to hear Hatton say this three years after his second-round knockout loss against Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on May 2, 2009: “I had a hysterical nervous breakdown, my girlfriend took a knife from my wrist three or four times,” Hatton said.
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November 26, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Manny Pacquiao's bank accounts in the Philippines have been frozen, stopping him from fulfilling his promise to help typhoon victims in his homeland, according to his promoter. Pacquiao was locked in training camp more than 400 miles away from the typhoon's deadly devastation when it struck, killing more than 5,200, and he vowed after beating Brandon Rios by unanimous decision in Macao, China, on Saturday night Pacific time that he would roll up his sleeves and help with his country's recovery.
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May 2, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
Boxing's current theater of the absurd ended Friday, and now they can fight. Saturday, shortly after 8 p.m., 2-1 favorite Manny Pacquiao, the pride of the Philippines, will take on Ricky Hatton, the pride of the pubs of Manchester, England. One of the pitches of the promotion, billed as the Battle of the East and West, is that the fighters have come from opposite ends of the earth to meet in the center of a ring in Las Vegas.
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December 5, 2007 | Chuck Culpepper, Special to The Times
MANCHESTER, England -- "Three sausage, three bacon, two hash browns, two black pudding . . ." Wait, a point of information: Black pudding is a sausage made from pig's blood et al., but now let's continue with manager Alison Threadgold of the wee Butty Box cafe in Hyde on the thoroughly unpretentious eastern edge of Manchester, as she reels off the items in her menu's "Megabreakfast" . . . " . . . two slices of Spam, two eggs, beans, mushrooms, and tomatoes, and . . .
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October 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
LAS VEGAS -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. clicks the jump rope rhythmically beneath his feet, barely moving anything but his wrists in the classic boxer's exercise. Then a lithe Ukrainian-American dancer in a black tank top enters the studio, and Mayweather tosses the rope aside with a sly grin. Seconds later, they're doing the jive. Mayweather caps the routine by flinging Karina Smirnoff between his legs and back out again with a bit more enthusiasm than grace -- but he's working on it.
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March 4, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
It's not easy being a pedestrian boxer whose older brother is a world champion, and it's even more painful being a 14-to-1 underdog to a 20-year-old kid projected as the sport's next big thing. But Matthew Hatton has the same blood lines that his big brother Ricky Hatton used to rally from the beer-and-darts pub crawl in Manchester, England, to claim world titles in two divisions. So when a promoter asked if Matthew Hatton, 29, would move up a weight class to fight Mexican phenom Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (35-0-1, 26 knockouts)
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April 28, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
David Diaz has a strange recommendation for Ricky Hatton, a boxing brawler: Don't brawl against Manny Pacquiao. When last we visited Diaz 10 months ago, he was face down on the canvas in the middle of the ring at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. He had been put there in the ninth round by a right hand from Pacquiao that stunned him, and a left that finished him. Before the knockout, Diaz had been battered and bloodied.
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June 28, 2007 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is coming out of retirement, a less-than-stunning revelation that catches absolutely no one by surprise. Coming off last month's victory over Oscar De La Hoya in the richest non-heavyweight fight ever, Mayweather has entered into negotiations with Ricky Hatton for a pay-per-view bout. Tentative date: Nov. 10. Logical site: Las Vegas. Biggest roadblock: Money.
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November 5, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  In the build up to his Nov. 23 fight with Brandon Rios in Macau, Manny Pacquiao will be blogging his thoughts about the fight each week. A portion of his second blog appears below, courtesy of HBO. In it, Pacquiao discusses his thoughts on Rios as an opponent. “Brandon Rios is an extremely dangerous opponent.  He is young, strong and has no quit in him.  I raced him up the steps of the Great Wall.  He's a competitor. “I have seen Rios fight and I am confident that I will win the fight.  One of my advantages is my experience against better opposition.
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November 14, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
If you were there and heard it, the cheers of “There's only one Ricky Hatton!” brought chills. Adoration toward the British boxer who routinely fought his heart out was a reminder of what the greatest sports heroes inspire. That's why it was unexpected to hear Hatton say this three years after his second-round knockout loss against Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on May 2, 2009: “I had a hysterical nervous breakdown, my girlfriend took a knife from my wrist three or four times,” Hatton said.
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March 5, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez of Mexico made his expected history Saturday, becoming the youngest super-welterweight boxing champion of all time. The 20-year-old, red-headed sudden star from Guadalajara dominated the smaller Matthew Hatton at Honda Center, winning the World Boxing Council 154-pound belt by lopsided scores of 119-108 on all three judges' scorecards. Alvarez (36-0-1) not only landed nearly half of his punches on Hatton (41-5-2), he battered the British kid brother of former two-division champion Ricky Hatton 257-75 in power punches.
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March 4, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
It's not easy being a pedestrian boxer whose older brother is a world champion, and it's even more painful being a 14-to-1 underdog to a 20-year-old kid projected as the sport's next big thing. But Matthew Hatton has the same blood lines that his big brother Ricky Hatton used to rally from the beer-and-darts pub crawl in Manchester, England, to claim world titles in two divisions. So when a promoter asked if Matthew Hatton, 29, would move up a weight class to fight Mexican phenom Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (35-0-1, 26 knockouts)
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March 3, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The adulation for Manny Pacquiao is growing by the day. On his cellphone Wednesday, promoter Bob Arum was told 2,000 more seats were sold, meaning 38,000 tickets have been bought for Pacquiao's world welterweight title fight against Joshua Clottey on March 13 at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. This is the disparity boxing creates. Future glory and perhaps a fifth straight Pacquiao knockout, televised to the world and shown to the Dallas masses in person and on the 160-foot-wide high-definition screen above the ring, await.
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November 21, 2009 | By Lance Pugmire
Andre Ward doesn't have half the professional experience of his opponent tonight, world super-middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler of Denmark. What the 2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist is banking on are the assets that made him an international champion as an amateur. "I know it's not going to be easy, but I'm determined," said Oakland's Ward (20-0, 13 knockouts), who'll fight Kessler (42-1, 32 KOs) for the World Boxing Assn. super-middleweight title tonight on Showtime in his hometown Oracle Arena.
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October 5, 2004 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
Imagine if everyone followed the lead of famous and not-so-famous athletes and spoke about themselves in the third person. It could get truly silly. Most of the time, it's best to ignore such crimes against language, but today we couldn't resist. After all, Morning Briefing has to do what is best for Morning Briefing.
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November 22, 2008 | Bill Dwyre, Dwyre is a Times staff writer.
Ricky Hatton makes his return to the MGM Grand boxing ring tonight in a 12-round match that has given his dedicated and noisy fan base another reason to depart Manchester, England, in early winter. Almost a year ago, Dec. 8, 2007, Hatton battled Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a welterweight title fight that received international attention, not only for the quality of competition, but also for the size and volume of Hatton's fan base.
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November 16, 2009 | Lance Pugmire
What would appear to be a natural -- a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. super fight -- might not be. Egos, greed and grudges could get in the way. "It's a simple negotiation," Ross Greenburg, HBO Sports president, said minutes after Pacquiao knocked down welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto twice en route to a 12th-round technical knockout Saturday. "There's so much money to be made. If it doesn't happen, there'll be a revolt. Nothing else is acceptable, and I'm speaking on behalf of the American public and the sport itself."
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November 16, 2009 | By Lance Pugmire
What would appear to be a natural -- a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. super fight -- might not be. Egos, greed and grudges could get in the way. "It's a simple negotiation," Ross Greenburg, HBO Sports president, said minutes after Pacquiao knocked down welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto twice en route to a 12th-round technical knockout Saturday. "There's so much money to be made. If it doesn't happen, there'll be a revolt. Nothing else is acceptable, and I'm speaking on behalf of the American public and the sport itself."
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