Posted by: Tom Duch | May 4, 2009

The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports

It was a great weekend of sports, one that featured the Kentucky Derby,  a super lightweight world title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton, and two game sevens in the NBA Playoffs. Let’s concentrate on the Derby and the fight, the two bigger revenue producers of the weekend.

Kentucky Derby


First came the Running of the Roses at Churchill downs, a race that is considered “the greatest two minutes in sports.” I’ve watched a lot of sporting events over the years, and consistently year in and year out, the Derby does not disappoint. Sure there are dozens of games I can think of right off the top of my head that have had a more exciting two minutes, but the derby truly is two minutes of intensity.

These days with the sky high prices of sponsorships and advertisements, games take much longer and have more frequent or longer breaks between the action. TV timeouts take away from the intensity at the end sporting events. For this reason, I would consider the Kentucky derby to be “the greatest two minutes in sports,” because it truly takes place in two minutes. However, that’s not to say that the Derby did not have a lot of commercials and pre-race hype attached to it. The pre-race analysis was almost as in depth as that of the NFL Draft, maybe more. A good drinking game to play during the pre-race analysis would be to drink everytime they showed a woman wearing a hat, and drink double if the hat was big or goofy looking. If you did this you would probably finish an entire case then still have enough time to walk to the store and get more beer before the race started.

Looks more like an umbrella made out of skunks than a hat

Looks more like an umbrella made out of skunks than a hat

Pacquiao vs. Hatton

If the Kentucky Derby is known as the greatest two minutes in sports, than Saturday nights Pacquiao-Hatton fight should be considered the greatest four minutes. In one of the more heavily hyped fights you will see this year, Manny Pacquiao physically dismantled Ricky Hatton in less than two rounds. The Pacman knocked down the Hitman twice in the first round then landed a slobberknocker of a left hook to put Hatton down for good in the second.

Hard right by the pound-for-pound king

Hard right by the pound-for-pound king

The pre-fight training was well documented on HBO’s 24/7, an in-depth look into the training camps of the two fighters. In the show Hatton explained that he trained for twelve weeks, instead of the standard eight to prepare for this fight. After watching the fight, I don’t think it would have helped if he trained for a year. Hatton was completely overmatched and it was evident that he did not stand a chance from the get go.

I watched the fight at a local Philadelphia bar called Fado. After the fight ended, I proceeded to the lavatory where I waited on a short line before entering. While on the line I was talking to my friend about how it was such a one sided fight and how there was so much hype for nothing. A man with glasses in his late 20s maybe early 30s had a few words with me about this comment. The conversation went something like this:

Rando- “It’s not all hype, what do you mean?”

Me- “It’s a lot of hype, didn’t you see 24/7? All that hype and the fight lasts five minutes. Pacquiao is so much better”

Rando- “Well Hatton could have won.” (I could not believe he said this)

Me- “But he didn’t! He got killed! It wasn’t even close!”

Rando- “Yea but who would have won in a street fight?”

At this point I looked right at him shaking my head in disgust at how much of an idiot this guy was and replied, “Pacquiao,” then went into the bathroom. I don’t know if it was the $6 beers talking, but this guy clearly knew nothing about boxing or about fighting for that matter. I hope that guy somehow reads this blog the next time he’s trying to do his research on the next big fight, he’s going to need to do a lot of research so you never know.



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