A record breaking 18,000 people filled the MGM Grand and a hundred thousand more stormed the deserts of Las Vegas in anticipation of the much-awaited Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton showdown.
In spite of the tough times experienced all over the globe due to the financial crisis, the bout still overachieved and established itself as the most watched boxing-PPV event in America.
It recorded an incredible 2.5 million PPV buys that surpassed the Dela Hoya-Mayweather mega fight of 2007.
It was a cold night in Sin City, although you can feel the warmth brought about by the excitement and jitters that encompasses what is bound to happen.
Celebrities and personalities in attendance also gave an added glamour to the already glamorous event.
I was fortunate to be seated at ring side. On my left was the Queen of England, her royal highness, Elizabeth II. On my right was the hot Paris Hilton.
Above me I could hear Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie whispering sweet nothings to each other.
From my seat I also saw Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya, Sylvester Stallone, Britney Spears, George Bush, King J, Stoker Dafire, EJ Claudio and some other guys who are either drunk or sleepy.
I guess they're drunk.
I was munching my popcorn and enjoying my San Miguel Beer when suddenly the lights turned off.
It's time for the entourage.
Manny Pacquiao goes first the crowd was on it's feet. He walks towards the ring to the tune of "Three Stars and a Sun." Pacquiao was accompanied by WWE superstar Undertaker and several big, fat, Filipino politicians whom I dare not to mention.
Then goes Ricky Hatton who probably had learned a thing or two from Naseem Hamed. He walk towards the ring in a Catwalk fashion, wearing the classic "Fatton" gear. He was accompanied by Christiano Ronaldo, Joey Barton, and some other Footballers. The Brits goes nuts.
The singing of the national anthems follows.
It saw splendid performances from Martin Nieverra, Sir Tom Jones, and David Cook who sung the "Lupang Hinirang," "God Save The Queen," and "Star Spangled Banner," respectively.
Michael Buffer holds the mic and the world-famous words followed.
"..... To the thousands in attendance and to the millions watching around the world, Let's get ready to rumble"
The Crowd roars!!
To be continued...
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