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Hatton defeated by slick Pacquiao

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Pacquiao knocked-out the 30-year-old Manchester fighter in the second roundRicky Hatton suffered a second-round knockout in his IBO light-welterweight bout with Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.

Hatton was floored twice in a brutal first round against his Filipino opponent with Pacquiao showing his class from the first bell.

The British fighter appeared to have cleared his head in the second but with seconds remaining in the round he was knocked out with a fierce left hook.

For Hatton it was his second defeat in a 47-fight career.

Pacquiao retains his status as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world and takes his record to 49 victories, with 37 knockouts, three defeats and two draws.

Hatton began the fight in reckless fashion and was far too open with Pacquiao catching the 30-year-old at will.

The British fighter stood toe-to-toe with Pacquiao and was floored with a fierce right hook two minutes into the first round.

Pacquiao closed in on victory and floored Hatton again with the bell only saving him from the humiliation of a first-round knockout.

Hatton looked dazed as the second-round began but then looked to have cleared his head and caught Pacquiao with a decent right.

But with just seconds remaining in the round, a brutal left hook floored Hatton and the fight was over.

Victory for Pacquiao opened up the possibility of a clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr who is newly out of retirement while for Hatton question marks surround his future in the sport.

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