King J's Coverage of Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton, Pt. 3: Slideshow
"Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?"
-Russell Crowe as Maximus
In what was the highly anticipated fight of the year, the world witnessed the pound-for-pound best boxer in the world annihilate the lineal 140 lbs. champion Ricky Hatton in just two rounds.
I just want to say that when I was a kid (and even into my teens and early 20's) there were no athlete super stars for me to look up to. There were none who looked anything like me or were even from anywhere remotely close to where my ancestors were originally from.
A lot of you really do not understand how that feels. I had no one to look up to in the sports or entertainment for the first 20 years of my life. Really think about that and see if you can understand how that must feel like.
That is why I am so personally proud of the No. 1 pound-for-pound champion in the world for everything he does in and outside that ring.
But it is not only the Filipinos and the Asians around the world who love Manny Pacquiao—the whole world loves Manny Pacquiao.
I saw Mexicans wearing the Filipino flag and chanting Manny's name. I saw a dozen Austrailian men all wearing red jackets that read, "TEAM PACQUIAO." African-Americans talk about Pac Man and call him "Pac" as if he was Tupac.
The world is so concerned with this Swine Flu going around, but after May 2, 2009, a much more contagious virus outbreak was taking over the world. It was called "PAC MAN FEVER!"
Make sure you have your tickets!
Whenever you attend these Super Mega—fights and especially if it's the fight of the year, the best thing to do is to get your tickets ASAP—even the minute they go on sale just to secure that you will indeed have your tickets. A lot of these fights do sell out faster than you think.
My camera was stolen right before this fight. Do not ever steal. Stealing is wrong. There is a reason why in some parts of the world you get your hand chopped off for stealing—because it is wrong!
From stealing someone's belongings to stealing their writing, ideas, words, stealing is stealing and it is wrong. To the person who stole my camera and other things, the karma is on you.
You will never be as good looking as me, as successful as me, as intelligent as me, as talented as me and even by stealing from me won't make you more like me. So your karma is coming your way.
You let thousands of fans down for I was going to do great things with that camera for this fight weekend. But luckily my friends came through and let me borrow their IPhones. They emailed me the pictures we took, but again never steal, stealing is wrong and the person who stole from me will soon get both Swine Flu and Gonorrhea at the same time!
DO NOT STEAL BOYS AND GIRLS. IT IS WRONG!
Now back to the fight of the Year! Make sure to read and view every single picture. There are some surprises towards the very end for the very true boxing fans out there! (Wink, Wink)
Just in case you were wondering who I was riding with on this fight...
King J and the 619 Pacquiao Cartel
*619 is the area code for San Diego. San Diego has one of the largest concentrated population of Filipino Americans in the nation. I prefer the more real, laid back, down to earth people and especially women of San Diego to the fake, wack, shady people of LA.
*If you are interested in purchasing the shirt that is being modeled in this photo, email me and I will get you that information.
*Notice King J is wearing a throwback Chicago Bulls jersey worn the day after what many are calling the greatest playoff game in all of NBA history! King J is also born and raised in Chicago.
AC Slater,excuse me, Mario Lopez was the host for the weigh—in.
As you can imagine, the atmosphere was ridiculous!
They almost had to call in Mr. Belding to get things in order and start handing out detentions to everyone.
There's Only OOOONNNE Ricky Hatton!
If you had just one guess on what song these guys are singing right here, what would it be?
These guys have no song to sing but they all love the Pac Man
A lot of Blue, White, Red could be found at the MGM Grand with a lot of energy and cheers, but no rehearsed Christmas songs unfortunately.
Bernard Hopkins taking this time to talk about himself.
Golden Boy co-partner Bernard Hopkins taking some time to pretend that Ricky Hatton has a chance against Pacquiao. Then, of course, ultimately talking about himself and how he still beats up 20 year olds while being in his 40s.
Sugar Shane, who do you think will win?
"Well, I am supposed to pretend that I feel Ricky Hatton will win due to my Golden Boy Promoter contract, so I will say I have no prediction on this fight."
I met Sugar Shane and he is one of the coolest guys ever and those blue eyes will hypnotize you, so be careful.
No. 8 ranked Pound-for-Pound Champion Nonito Donaire!
Nonito Donaire is the TRUTH! You all better recognize this Champion. He is the future and is already holding it down. Flyweight Champion ranked No. 8 pound for pound-by-Ring Magazine.
I will be doing an interview with him soon so email me any questions you may have for him.
This Brit Guy is asking Mrs. Pacquiao who she thinks will win the fight?
So I had the privilege of sitting next to Manny Pacquiao's wife, sister, brother and mother and this Brit guy puts a microphone in Manny's wife's face and asks her who does she think will win the fight?
What do you think she will say?
Are you going to ask Ricky's mom next and wonder what her answer will be?
This Brit guy sitting next to me sipping on the Fight Cup
So this Brit journalist sitting next to me was sipping on Tecate Beer. It has both Manny and Ricky on it so I had to get a picture for all of you.
I personally do not drink beer, but I would assume they would be serving both SAN MIGUEL and GUINNESS in honor of the two men on that cup.
Ironically, both fighters weighed in exactly at 140 lbs. Hmmm...
140 lbs. right on the dot on the very first time? Hmmmmmmmm.
King J and the 626 Pacquiao Entourage
626 is the area code of the city of West Covina, a city outside of Los Angeles, with one of the highest populations of Filipino Americans in the nation.
Here they are celebrating the big victory of PAC MAN at the hottest new club in Las Vegas, Club XS. Anytime you guys working the door want to comp me and my friends, please feel free to, for right now it is all about Club XS!
Manila Pinays Toasting Pac Man at Club XS
*Pinays= Female Filipinos
Here we have Pinays straight from Manila toasting the Pac Man after his big win at Club XS.
By the way Club XS is located inside the brand new casino Encore. I want to personally thank Mr. Steve Wynn for comping my whole stay at the Encore.
The Encore is the newest all suite luxury casino hotel in Las Vegas with the nicest, largest, state of the art designed rooms. Mr. Wynn if you ever want to comp me at the Encore or at any of your beautiful casinos I would be honored once again!
Team Pacquiao Manila
King J and Team Pacquiao Manila is so HOT, we got lava floating behind us!
Gretchen Fullido, newscaster for ABS-CBN channel 2
Here we have Gretchen Fullido, newscaster for ABS-CBN channel 2 (Located Far Right with the LV bag) as well as several other VIP Pinays and daughters of powerful political leaders of the Philippines ringside at the fake ring inside the lobby of the MGM Grand.
Manila Pinays up in the Mansion Suite at MGM Grand
So the classy upscale powerful Pinays from Manila stay up in the Mansion Suite at the MGM Grand, does that mean the average Carson Pinay stays at Circus Circus? Ha Ha I'm just kidding.
But ask your self this question gentlemen:
If you had a choice of settling down with a Pinay from fake LA who has baggage, drama, three kids, drug problems among other various issues
A classy sophisticated upscale powerful Pinay from the Philippines who has mad power and connections who's family are powerful politicians or the CEO of SAN MIGUEL who does not have all the drama that those drama LA Pinays happened to have.
Which one would you prefer? I know my answer! HA HA just kidding I love everyone and treat everyone equally you all know how I roll.
Nonito Donaire is not only one of the best boxing champions in the sport today he is also a really cool down to earth guy. Actually both him and his beautiful wife are some of the coolest REAL people, one of the reasons must be cause they are from the Bay.
Nonito was sitting like right behind me at the weigh in and he asked me what magazine I had and it actually had a article about his KO of the Year.
In 2007, Donaire had the KO of the Year, knocking out the then undefeated poster boy champion for Showtime Boxing Vic Darchinyan.
As you can see Donaire signed it. If you have not seen the knock out yet. YouTube it. It truly is beautiful!
Remember folks Donaire is the TRUTH. He has it all: Speed, Power, Defense, Stamina, Heart, etc. He fights like a true champ veteran at such a young age. Better recognize the future that is already here!
Email me your questions that you may have for the champ.
This is for all the Margarito Fans Out there HA HA!
Isn't this just the sickest image ever. We have the great Sugar Shane knocking out the cheating plaster of paris Margarito in front of the largest sell out crowd in Staples Center history!
Remember what I told you about cheating earlier kids? Well this is the karma that follows cheating!
You see that towel being thrown in from Margarito's corner?
You see Sugar Shane autographed this?
Shane's definitely a real cool guy. All smiles. I told Shane big ups to Pomona (where he is from) and 909 for I still have a 909 cell number for the first condo I owned was in Chino Hills/Diamond Bar which is 909 as well.
Shane just smiled and laughed when I told him that.
The Two Best Fighters in the Game Autographed This!
Alright folks, this is what it all comes down to. You can keep your signed Tom Brady footballs, your steroid abusive baseball autographs. This is what it is all about to me.
The two best fighters in the world: Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao. Both autographs on this magazine cover right here BAM!
Juan Manuel Marquez is the MAN! The best boxer in the game! I've been wanting to get this legend's autograph for years and meet this guy. But he's always training in Mexico all these years.
Finally I met him at the Pacquiao vs Hatton fight and the guy is the coolest guy ever! Him and his entourage are great people.
If you are not jocking this image with the top two best boxers in the world, then you simply do not know anything about boxing period!
Look, I want to thank all of you who took this picture slide show journey with me. I want to thank everyone who contributed and made this possible.
I really wanted to let all of you at home who were not able to make it to the Ricky Hatton vs Manny Pacquiao fight feel as if you were really there and see how it all goes down fight weekend.
Lets all be happy and healthy and roll to the next big super mega fight together shall we?