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Filipino boxer Pacquiao knocks out British rival, wins IBO title

2009-05-03 05:41:46 GMT2009-05-03 13:41:46 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MANILA, May 3 (Xinhua) -- Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao defeated his British rival Ricky Hatton and became the new International Boxing Organization (IBO) light welterweight champion in Las Vegas, the United States on Saturday night (Sunday noon in Manila).

Pacquiao knocked out Hatton with a left hook in the second round of their 12-round bout at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, which made him a six-time world champion in five weight divisions and kept him as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Philippine TV network GMA News reported.

"I didn't realize it would be a short fight," said the 30-year-old Filipino, adding that he used the right hook to pressure Hatton.

Pacquiao, 1.69 meters, sent Hatton down twice in the first round before knocking him out in the second and leaving him flat on his back.

Pacquiao, known as "Pac-Man" to his legions of fans worldwide, weighed 138 pounds, two pounds lighter than Hatton -- "the Hitman"-- who came in exactly at the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds.

Entering the professional arena at 106 pounds in 1995, the Filipino boxer had moved up his weight levels and won world championship titles in four different weight divisions before he snatched the IBO crown from Hatton in Saturday's Battle of East and West. Previously, the Filipino superstar had bagged titles of the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight, lightweight and super featherweight, and International Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantamweight. He has also held the Ring Magazine titles for featherweight, super featherweight, and light welterweight divisions.

The 1.68-meter Hatton, also 30 years old, is a two-time IBF and IBO light welterweight champion.

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