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Is This End of Boxing's Most Popular Rivalry?

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Three and a half years ago, a Filipino boxer named Manny Pacquiao traveled to the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, to fight a scrappy Briton named Ricky Hatton. After years of obscurity, Pacquiao had emerged as perhaps the best and most exciting boxer in the world; in his previous fight, he had ended the career of Oscar De La Hoya. Hatton was the underdog, but he had brought with him thousands of British fans, some of whom might still have been stumbling back from the concession stand when, with one minute left in the first round, Pacquiao hit Hatton with a right hook that sent him spinning down onto the mat. The fight continued, but not for long: in the second round, Pacquiao caught Hatton with a neat left cross that put Hatton flat on his back; as Pacquiao celebrated, Hatton lay in the...

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