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Are the bad hands gonna be a problem on saturday night? www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepag... Come on ricky!!!
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posted Dec 5, 2007
Oh my... you guys are so patriotic that its making you blind!Who exactly has Hatton ever beaten, in their prime, to even deserve a shot at Floyd? also you guys are making it out that floyd is underestimating ricky - when was the last time you saw Mayweather giving his opponent a lack of respect in the RING.I like Hatton but he is going to get schooled in the early hours of sunday. i made my point, feel free to have a go....
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I really don't know how anybody can make predictions on this fight. Absolutely anything could happen, which is why this is the most interesting boxing match there's been in a long time. Which style will come out on top? Will Hatton be able to hit Mayweather? Even if he can, will he be able to hurt Mayweather (seeing that no-one's really been able hit him so far, who knows how much punishment he can absorb)? Is Mayweather underestimating Hatton?Nobody knows. It's simply impossible to call. That's why I really can't wait to see what happens! We'll all be a lot wiser after the fight. My advice to everyone is to just watch the fight on Sunday morning and enjoy. The best man will win! Whatever happens, I'm sure it will be a great advert for the sport and will hopefully lead to more interest in boxing on both sides of the Atlantic.
Of course he deserves a shot at floyd. A better question would be who else deserves a shot over Ricky?True Hatton hasn't been in the ring with a fighter of Floyd's class but then that isn't suprizing seeing as he is meant to be the best pound for pound boxer in the world. But he has earned his chance. The last time we heard this kind of talk Ricky went on to finish Kostya Tszyu. It wont be the same against Floyd but he has got one hell of a chance on Saturday. No dodgy, Vegas style money making draws on points from the ringside judges please!
Mayweather is a typical playground bully. Whilst he is unquestionably a skillful fighter, he depends greatly on threat, bluster, intimidation and BLUFF. He is also surprisingly dim, which is characterised by his delusion that he is smarter than Hatton, who, whilst also being no great scholar, is genuinely smart, canny and has the instinctive street wisdom that Mayweather has been trying to fake for years. Hatton can see right through him, he's outwitted bullies all through his career. He KNOWS that when they face each other in the ring, Mayweather will be the first to blink, because he's already prepared his excuse for defeat and even laid the ground for withdrawal or retirement by letting the rumour get out that his hands aren't 100%, so that he could 'heroically' dismiss it.Hatton to win by dodgy stoppage in late rounds when Mayweather is miles behind on points and realises he's underestimated Hatton's fitness and resilience. That's IF Mayweather actually shows up!
Either way, it should all make for a great fight. 4am? No sweat.
Gavin, I wouldn't say Zab Judah was a person of no note. Hatton struggled against a relatively light hitting southpaw welter. Judah is a bigger hitter southpaw welter who has done distinctly more than Collazo. In 43 fights, Hatton has beaten Castillo and Tszyu. Who else? Indeed, Corley, Bruselles, Gatti, Mitchell, Judah, Baldomir and DLH compare more than easliy to Vilches, Oliveira, Tszyu, Maussa, Collazo, Urango and Castillo; and this is Hatton's best stretch. Even a lower level of Mayweather's career is as good as Hatton's best level.
Marvelous1You and I differ greatly on how to predict a fight. i am not saying that my way is beter than yours or vice versa. Your knowledge of records is outstanding. However for me I judge on perfomances and hatton at his best in my opinion looks like a far more devasting body puncher than oscar. I have never seen oscar throw the type of body shots that hatton throughs with the same ferocity or intensity.I do think oscar punches harder to the head. I don't think hatton will do much damage at all with a head shot because pbf's head is very wel defended but the body is going to be key. Now I don not fully subscribe to how bad pbf's hands are but if they are fragile that will definately be a problem because he is going to have to hit ricky hard and often to stop him coming in. For the record Hatton late witha body shot(s)
bigmuzzz, you have a point about Oscar and Hatton with respect to the bodyshots. You may well be right about that being a factor. But if we all know Hatton's best chance to win(pressure/bodyshots), surely the Mayweather camp know it too. For Hatton to try this it is going to be soooo predictable. I have no doubt of Hatton's ability to hurt fighters, I have serious doubts about him stopping himself being hurt by anyone that can hit hard enough, often enough. That doesn't need to be devastating, but spiteful and consistant. Collazo was capable of it, Mayweather even more so.
Bless, the lad can't even spell idiot right never mind when he's a bit older.
One thing evryone is underestimating is Hattons boxing ability. He's not the face first brawler most think he is - admittedly he tends to get drawn in at times - but he has very good boxing skills too. Mayweather is a very good fighter but I can't see him being able to put Hatton off the attack. As for Mayweather claiming he's as good as Ali or Sugar Ray - he doesn't come close. He may compare to both in boxing ability but both proved they had a fighters heart, could take a beating, dig in and still win. Mayweather is a runner (one dimensional fighter?) who's never been in the trenches and had to dig deep, so for me he doesn't come close.
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