First Oasis breaks up and now this. Remember how down Marcus was when Jacqueline played him in Boomerang? The people of Manchester must feel the same way. Times are ill on the blue side of Manchester these days. Oasis breaks up, Man City’s playing like a mid-table team and now Ricky Hatton has been reduced to appearing as a WWE side show.
Bony T didn’t show Marcus any mercy and we don’t think he’d have any for Hatton either. On the plus side, it looks like retirement’s been good to Hatton. Pies and beers make the gentleman of leisure. No sexy beast here.
Speaking of Boomerang, start at 3:00. Bang bang bang!
Ricky Hatton should consider himself lucky that Manny Pacquiao’s knockout punch didn’t kill him for more than two minutes. Unfortunately for three Filipinos, it killed them permanently.
Three people in the Philippines died of heart attacks approximately at the moment Pacquiao’s devastating knockout punch connected with Hatton’s jaw. One man died celebrating Hatton’s knockdown while another died at the beginning of the round. The third, a tricycle driver, collapsed as Hatton took the finishing shot.
The reason given for all the deaths was excitement from watching the nation’s hero fight. One has to think that shame had something to do with the tricycle driver’s death. 64 years and still a tricycle driver? That bike promotion was probably never going to happen.
When it comes to boxing, there’s little question that HBO is at the top of their game. They’ve done it again with their documentary “Thrilla in Manila” which premieres Saturday night at 8 PM. It goes behind the scenes of the legendary final fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in the Philippines as well as the bitter rivalry between the two fighters.
Simply stated, this documentary makes for fascinating viewing. It delves into the broken relationship between Ali and Frazier – mostly from Frazier’s point of view. To call Frazier bitter would be an understatement however he isn’t unjustified. Viewers get a look at Ali that shows a side not often considered or known by those who fete him as a hero. He attacked his former friend using insults that were not just personally degrading but also racist and opened a rift that has yet to be closed. This was especially surprising considering how much Frazier supported him during his suspension by giving him money and fighting for his reinstatement.
Interviews with members of both camps as well as Imelda Marcos and Ali autobiographer Thomas Hauser give insight into the politics behind the fight, a relationship that went from brotherhood to contempt and the divergent paths taken by the two fighters after Manila.
Thrilla in Manila premieres on HBO at 8:00 PM Saturday night.
Stick around afterwards for Pacquiao/Hatton 24/7 at 9:30 PM. It’ll be hard to match De La Hoya/Mayweather 24/7 due to the lack of crazy ass Mayweather but we have faith in Pacquiao. Let’s hope for some celebrity cameos from Hatton fans Wayne Rooney and Oasis.
A couple questions. How can any debtor take Big Chris/Bullet Tooth (language NSFW) seriously after watching this? How far have you fallen as a backup singer when you’re backing up Vinnie Jones? It could be worse. He could be Ricky Hatton. Please don’t punch me, Vinnie. I heart the house slippers.
Vacation sure has been treating The Hitman well. He’s on vacation in Turkey and apparently spending his time singing karaoke while inhaling donerkabobs and chicken adana. Don’t worry, Citeh fans. He always does this before he starts training. He’ll be in fight shape by November.
You’re probably wondering if he’s any good at karaoke. We don’t have any Turkish footage but we do have him doing Elvis. You probably want to turn it down and move your shorties and pets away from the speakers.