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Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Six years ago today, Manny wrecked Ricky Hatton

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Manny Pacquiao knocked Ricky Hatton out cold six years ago today. Floyd Mayweather awaits tonight.

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Today is Mayweather-Pacquiao fight day. We all know that. But it's also the sixth anniversary of one of the other huge nights in Manny Pacquiao's career. On May 2, 2009, Pacquiao faced Ricky Hatton for the 140-pound world championship. The fight was highly-anticipated, well-hyped, and Hatton, a rugged mauler who had never lost at that weight, was not seen as an overmatched guy, even though Pacquiao had just smashed Oscar De La Hoya in his last fight.

Hatton, however, was an overmatched guy. That night, Pacquiao looked positively ferocious, dropping Hatton two times in the opening round before finishing him off with a monster of a left hand at the end of round two.

Hatton never recovered from the loss. He faded out of the sport as an active competitor and focused on his fledgling promotional outfit, but did return in 2012, three-and-a-half years after Pacquiao had crushed him in Las Vegas. That night, Hatton was valiant but once again knocked out, this time on a body shot by Vyacheslav Senchenko.

Does a similar fate await Floyd Mayweather tonight? Probably not, but that's the sort of dumb question you're supposed to ask when you reference something like this.