The Philippines' two popular broadsheet newspapers, Philippine Daily Inquirer and The Philippine Star, headlined Pacquiao's sensational win over Hatton, branding the Filipino boxer "a boxing legend," and " the greatest fighter ever."
(CNN) -- Manny Pacquiao, often considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, cemented his reputation Saturday night when he knocked out British boxer Ricky Hatton in the second round." That was two of the most exciting rounds I have seen in my career," said Chris Mannix, a writer for Sports Illustrated. "You saw, really from the opening bell, Pacquiao was really dominant."
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Pacquiao knocked Hatton down in the first round from a series of lightning-fast right hooks. The British boxer managed to get to his feet and finish the round, but the outcome was evident once the second round began.
Hatton, the International Boxing Organization's junior welterweight champion, tried the classic brawling style that has fueled his career. But Pacquiao's technique and speed quickly outclassed Hatton. The Filipino's right hooks set up a devastating left hook that flattened Hatton with a second remaining in the second round. The referee quickly ended the match.” It turned out he (Hatton) just wasn't very good at boxing," Mannix said. "You saw the difference between a great fighter and very good fighter."
The 30-year-old Pacquiao is a national hero in the