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Ricky Hatton-Manny Pacquiao fight likely a 50-50 deal

Ricky Hatton talks to the crowd gathered at the weigh-in for the Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao fight last month. Even though Manny Pacquiao is the hot fighter, the up-and-comer, and Ricky Hatton is the veteran who is sort of playing out the string, the financial split is likely to be 50-50 for their 140-pound boxing match in Las Vegas on May 2.

That's because, according to Pacquiao's promotor, Bob Arum of Top Rank, Hatton's huge British fan following is expected to contribute handsomely to the fight's bottom line. Hatton is promoted by Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer's Golden Boy Promotions.

"We might do a million homes on pay-per-view in England," Arum said. "You have to give Hatton some credit for what he brings to the table."

The final fight details have not been set in stone, but it will be held either at the MGM Grand or UNLV's Thomas and Mack Center.

Arum said the fight promotion is likely to begin with the two fighters doing a tour of England.

"Turns out, they are both demons in the game of darts," Arum said. "We'll have some matches over there."

-- Bill Dwyre

Photo: Ricky Hatton talks to the crowd gathered at the weigh-in for the Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao fight last month. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images

   

 
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