On this day: May 2

On this day in sporting history, Manny Pacquiao outclassed Ricky Hatton, while baseball legend Pete Rose famously lost his temper.

2009 – Manny Pacquiao destroys Ricky Hatton

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British light-welterweight Hatton was billed as the man to stop the all-conquering Pacquiao when they met in the ring on 2 May 2009 at the MGM Grand Las Vegas at Las Vegas.

However, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.

Pacquiao put his Mancunian opponent on the canvas twice in the first round, before doing the same in the second. The fight was ended when ‘Pacman landed a heavy left hook which knocked Hatton out cold 2:59 into round two.

Over the duration of the fight, Pacquiao landed 73 blows to Hatton’s 18, of which two were jabs.

1988 – Pete Rose suspended for pushing umpire

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Rose, one of baseball’s true greats, was handed a 30-day suspension in 1988 after an on-field altercation with umpire Dave Pallone two days before.

Rose was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds – the same team he played for during the majority of his playing career – in a match against the New York Mets.

In the top of the ninth inning, Pallone awarded the Mets with a late call at first base, which ultimately handed them the win.

Rose was furious, and made physical contact with the umpire, forcefully pushing him. Subsequently, Rose claimed that Pallone made the first contact, but in the end, the legendary switch-hitter was slapped with a huge fine and a 30-day suspension.

Sporting birthdays

1887: Eddie Collins, baseball Hall of Famer
1935: Luis Suárez Miramontes, Spanish footballer and manager
1942: Jacques Rogge, Belgian former IOC president
1969: Brian Lara, West Indian cricketer
1975: David Beckham, English footballer

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