Brand Failed To Impress Diddy With Hatton Ticket Mess
Comedian Russell Brand let down his new best pal Sean Combs when he failed to secure tickets to the big boxing match between Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao.
The funnyman was invited to join rap mogul Diddy in Las Vegas earlier this month (02May09) to attend the big fight, all expenses paid, on the condition that Brand got them into the event.
He says, "I went with P. Diddy. Diddy said, 'Right, well I'll sort out a plane, I'll sort out rooms, can you sort out the tickets?' And I said, 'Well yes, I'm chums with Ricky Hatton.'
"I then tried to get in touch with Ricky Hatton, but the thing was, Ricky Hatton wasn't answering his phone 'cause he was worrying about a boxing match!
"Then I was getting these phone calls from Puff Daddy going, 'Yeah, yeah, I sorted out the plane. Have you got the tickets?' And I'm like, 'No, no, I'll get 'em.'
The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star failed miserably in his attempts to get complimentary ringside passes from fellow Brit Hatton - and Diddy ended up having to dig deep to purchase the tickets himself.
Brand continues, "More and more pressure was building. In the end Puff Daddy had to buy the tickets. They were pricey! In the region of thousands of pounds. It was a very generous act."
And Brand confesses he squirmed as he watched Pacquiao deliver a knock-out punch in the second round, flooring Hatton within minutes of the fight starting.
He adds, "I'm against all violence. I didn't know how violently I was against it until I went to a boxing match. It was rough. Ricky Hatton is beloved and I adore him very dearly.
"But I looked at him and I was like, 'Oh no, that doesn't look like a very good way of making a living!'"