Pacquaio - Hatton Aftermath: K.O. By Round 2 and the Free Philippine TV Coverage

May 3, 2009 (Sunday) - Today the Philippines became an almost crime-free country thanks to the Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton Bout. The Philippine Pride Manny Pacquiao has once again showed his power and supremacy over his fight with Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton.

Pacquiao - Hatton Aftermath

A Pacquiao vs Hatton Aftermath

My day started with me waking up at around 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm in the afternoon, and was way too late to watch the online livestream of Pacquiao - Hatton fight so I relied on the Philippine local coverage of Pacquaio-Hatton fight on the Kapuso channel GMA and was a bit disappointed about how the viewing experience went.

My major complain against GMA's coverage of the Pacquiao- Hatton Fight is the overkill of television advertisements or product endorsements they ran over the course of the coverage. Some might argue, if you don't want to see any television ads then go pay for the service, well that sure is true but can't we at least get some quality free Philippine coverage without a TV Ad overkill? Quality in a sense that they at least have a sense of balance in running those TV ads.

Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton

Complains on GMA Kapuso 7 Philippine Television Coverage of the Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton Fight

GMA 7 only showed the Philippine National Anthem "Lupang Hinirang" sang (in his own way ala-American Idol kind of a way) by Martin Nievera. Mr. Nievera's version of "Lupang Hinirang" is not that bad and is excusable if he was on a singing competition or a social gathering, but in international events like the Pacquaio-Hatton Bout where all eyes of almost every Filipinos are on it, I think it was better if he stick with the traditional way of how the Philippine National Anthem should be sang. Oh well, let the nationalistic and patriotic Filipinos deal with Mr. Nievera once he set foot on Philippines again.

Going back to GMA 7, I believe they should at least played the United States of America and United Kingdom's national anthem to recognized them and to show respect rather than infesting it with ads. As I've heard from father, who watched the Pacquiao-Hatton Fight on live on a public viewing in our municipality said that Tom Jones sang United Kingdom's National anthem which GMA 7 didn't show and replaced it with nuisance Television ads.

Going back to the actual fight... yes, they managed to show the fight amidst the infestation of advertisements. As it start and disregarding those almost 30 minute-filled TV ads, the two fighters exchanged blows against each other. What one can easily notice was that Hatton tends to charge or rush towards Pacquiao which Pacquaio use for his advantage and the result was Ricky Hatton falling down two times by round one. I didn't like Ricky "Hatton's Clinching Style" of cheating, I mean fighting. Why clinch when you can attack head on your opponent? Does that mean that he admits to himself that he can't fight him head on? Well, I will never would know.

Though, I know that Pacquiao vs Hatton Fight will end in Round 2 (thanks to my father for spoiling the details) I was still curious on how will he beat Hatton. So here comes Round 2, Hatton managed to deliver quite some blow to Pacquiao as well but not K.O.-ing unlike what Pacquiao delivers to his opponent. The climax was the Knock Out Punch will delivered to Ricky Hatton by Manny Pacquaio which concluded the much talked about fight.

Not to sound arrogant, but was this the "surprise" Ricky Hatton was so confidently talking about? Well, it sure did surprise us though, because we though he could at least endure the match until the 7th or 8th round but he didn't. We were indeed surprised. I guess GMA Kapuso Channel was also surprised at the immediate outcome of the fight, so in order to earn more from their advertisers they repeated the fight from Round one after that concluding fight in round 2. I was proud and was ecstatic on how Manny Pacquiao once again showed the world his power and supremacy in the boxing ring (a feeling which almost all the Filipinos felt that time, I believe).

I will leave you with this video of How Manny Pacquiao Knocked Out Ricky Hatton

Video Source: East Meets West Conclusion

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