A Living Legend, As Pacquiao Cements His Name In Boxing History

Phillip SukkeCorrespondent IMay 5, 2009

LAS VEGAS - MAY 02:  (R-L) Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines stands over Ricky Hatton of England after Pacquiao knocked him out in the second round during their junior welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

All that was needed for Manny Pacquiao to solidify his name in boxing lore and put a stamp of his name as best pound for pound champion in the world was just short of six minutes. 

Possibly even one round.

Yes, Filipino hero, Manny Pacquiao destroyed Ricky Hatton this past Saturday, staking claim on his spot in the boxing world today and in history. Two knockdowns in the first round spelled the end of Ricky Hatton's night, who came out as the aggressor, however was only able to throw 78 punches, 18 of which he actually landed on the pound for pound king. By comparison Pacquiao threw 127 punches, landing 73 punches, only five short of the amount that Hatton threw altogether.

The agility and speed of Pacquiao proved to be too much for Hatton, who may have been surprised by Pacquiao's abilities once the two fighters finally started the fight. Manny Pacquiao dominated Hatton, who clinched with his opponent every time, Pacquiao started a combination against the British fighter. Two knockdowns towards the end of the first round, left Hatton dazed going into the second, who was eventually knocked out by a shot right square in his chin in the final seconds of the second round.

The Pacman's dominance cemented his reputation and silenced his critics in the boxing world by thoroughly deconstructing Hatton in rapid time. His legend status may be something new to term him by his peers, however Pacquiao has long been considered a legend back home. Manny Pacquiao will once again return to The Philippines, as a national hero, uniting the island nation. His presence in Filipino communities of the United States, abroad, and within The Philippines itself is tremendous and absolutely breathtaking. Gracing advertisements, t-shirts, and the television his status within the consciousness of the Filipino is everywhere.

With this domination comes the legend status that Manny has earned. However, many feel he must do more. Specifically, those in the Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez camps. Both of these fighters square off July 18th in what may be considered to be a semi-final match to fight Pacquiao later in the future. Whoever Manny faces in his next bout, it is bound to catch the attention of the world again, given Manny Pacquaio's legendary and pound for pound king status in the boxing world.