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posted Dec 9, 2007

I expect he will have one last match and ensure he goes out on a win. I doubt he will get another shot at Mayweather because it's clear who the better boxer is after tonight.

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comment by MOccey (U7190786)

posted Dec 9, 2007

yeah hatton made it clear that mayweather was the better one, and even said that going up in weight didn't make the difference. (as his usual excuse).

I think he will either lie to his mum and fight beyond 30 yrs old or retire now. he looked pretty upset and probably felt weak.

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posted Dec 9, 2007

The hitman was absolutely dominated by floyd. He's simply too small. Not talking about weight wise either, but height and arm length. Giving up 6 inches of arm length when your arms are only 20 inches long is quite a massive difference.

Hitman needs to be in light welterweight.

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comment by riggy (U2010657)

posted Dec 9, 2007

1. I've never seen Floyd fight.

2. I've seen Ricky fight.

3. I wanted Ricky to win.

4. I didn't bet and happy too.

5. Weldone Floyd.

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posted Dec 9, 2007

He should leave boxing forever.

He can't box, he can fight.

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posted Dec 9, 2007

Mayweather is the real deal. Look at the pedigree, look at who he has beaten and then ask yourself did Ricky really have a chance did he believe that he had a chance or was it just hype and money.
This was not just a best fighter on the night, Mayweather will do this day in day out. It's all about core competancy, this is Mayweathers back yard..respect is due.

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posted Dec 9, 2007

I don't see what viable options Hatton has now. He should definitely drop down to light-welter. Fighting Oscar or Cotto would be a mistake. Both are much bigger than him. Both would dominate him.

But if he does drop down to light-welter, there aren't many challenges. Witter, Harris? Whatever has happened to Hatton at Welterweight, he's the man at light-welter. There's not really much point in sticking around and defending belts in the light welter division for years. All this inflating and deflating is bad for his health.


He should either

a) fight Witter at light welter and then retire

or

b) take the Oscar De La Hoya money but be prepared for a beating. Then retire.

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posted Dec 9, 2007

Cut the pies and boose to stay at welter.

Otherwise, i think it is wise to stay in light welter

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posted Dec 9, 2007

The referee interrupted Hatton's rythm in the first 4 rounds... isn't it funny how Hatton and his team said his best chance was to wear Mayweather down in those first 4 rounds in the build up to the fight? I think the ref was a disgrace and I would be suprised if he was allowed to boss another fight of this magnitude. All that hot air about allowing the boxers to fight in the dressing room talk was the turning point in my opinion.

That said, Mayweather looked extremely good in patches. He pounded De La Hoya not so long ago and he is a genuine Middleweight. Unless you have boxed the difference in a few pounds here and there can make a massive amount of difference both in terms of power and stamina. Hatton is a Junior-Welter. Both of his forays in the Welter division have been relative disasters (Collazo - where he was lucky to scrape a win and the fight tonight).

Credit to Hatton for stepping up though; takes major balls to get into the ring nevermind fighting the best boxer in the world P4P that owns the Welter division and 4 others.

Mayweather picked his punches early and showed the "pickpocket" skills he is famous for. As for Hatton being the "dirty" fighter; I think tonight we saw a Mayweather that more than held his own.

After the scandalous point deduction, and the loss of momentum in the first 4/5 rounds, Hatton was always chasing the fight and hanging onto the coat tails. I think the weight difference affected the sharpness of Hatton and Mayweather was able to wear Hatton down which is something I of a turnaround because I expected Hatton to do the wearing down. I don't think Mayweathers punches were that solid; it was more the momentum of Hatton coming forward onto them than any real venom in the shots Mayweather was throwing. Headbutting a corner post on the way down didn't help Hatton at all but he did well and showed heart to get up from it. The speed of Mayweather in finishing the fight was simply world class and whilst I don't think Hatton was far away in terms of ability, a number of factors made the fight more difficult for him than it should have been.

I might just add that for EVERY round Mayweather came out with a different style which just shows the versatility of the guy. Hatton seemed a little one dimensional after the point deduction because I had him 2 rounds ahead.

Well done Hatton for putting up a good fight I say... he can still rule the Junior-Welter division for another 2/3 fights but who is there for him to fight? He might aswell retire having achieved everything in the game and having made something in the region of 10 million for this. Retire and keep the family happy!

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posted Dec 9, 2007

vjohn82 -

I think you've posted on the wrong article. None of what you've said is relevant to this article.

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posted Dec 9, 2007

Hatton is not finished folks he just never started imho.

His only meaningful fight before that was one v Kostia Tszu and he cheated in there every way with his elbowing, holding and pushing, etc. and then only won because Kostia chose to retire.

Hatton is nobody.

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posted Dec 9, 2007

44-1 win/loss record ain't bad........some of your comments are quite sad to be honest

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posted Dec 9, 2007

Its amazing how boxing is the one sport where if you lose to the best people say you should never fight again! Hatton was outclassed, I cant stand Mayweather for his arrogance but to be fair there is noone who is better then him so I guess he is justified.

I think he should drop down weight and dominate, no point just doing the showcase Welter fights which he just cant do it at. It would be better to drop then retire a champion then to lose or scrape past people like Oscar, but then the money must be tempting, lets hope he has more sense.

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comment by DJHDJH (U3307238)

posted Dec 9, 2007

Hatton should consider fighting Witter at Wembley. After the hype and effort he put into this fight, he could make the money back lost on American PPV in ticket sales, and fight at a more natural weight and prove conclusively that he was the best 140 of this era.

As for Mayweather, Cotto is the only real challenge left for him - Hatton could push him back but then could not hurt him, Cotto might just be able to.

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posted Dec 9, 2007

Lewis is right, it's a difficult dilemma. If he drops back to light welter then he may dominate again, but lets face it, this will be the fight everyone remembers and that was the risk he took in stepping up. His only choice, if he wants to be remembered as one of the greats, is to fight Mayweather again 1 or 2 years down the line and unless Mayweather gets lazy or loses his desire, I can't see Hatton troubling him. A very difficult decision.

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posted Dec 9, 2007

I love the idiots who criticize Ricky when he went 10 rounds with the best boxer in the world.He was outclassed but he gave all he had and we should all be proud of him.Hatton has lots of years left in boxing and one defeat shouldnt stop him,Well done to ricky but he was beaten by the best and there is no shame in that at all.

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posted Dec 9, 2007

Realistically, Hatton's chance were inflated beyond all reason - there was only going to be one winner of this fight.

No disrespect to Hatton, but a brawler who does not really have too many names of note on his resume going up in weight to fight a man who is widely considered one of the best ever was all a bit of a fairytale - I hope some of you took the ridiculously long price about Mayweather rather than the equally ridiculous Short price about Hatton.

That being said, Hatton has a great record and he has certainly earned the right to decide himself where he goes from here. He seems a genuinely nice guy too. I just have to balk at the prospect of him upsetting a legend - and however much he might annoy us, I think we have to realistically accept Mayweathers place in the boxing world.

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posted Dec 9, 2007

hatton has still got a excellent record and i feel he should retire, there is no way after this mornings performance can hatton beat mayweather, so even if he goes back to ligt welter he will always be thinking of floyd, ita a shame but he should retire he will always be known as a emmense fighter who has great passion skill and detemination for the sport

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posted Dec 9, 2007

Yes, he should retire. He is young, he is rich and most importantly, can go no further.

He has entertained us over the years but there is no point in him embarrassing himself.

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posted Dec 9, 2007

I don't think Ricky will want to retire but i definitely think he should move back down to light welterweight.
With this in mind i think a good exciting fight for him and the fans alike would be against Paulie Malignaggi for the IBF title.
Ricky has now got plenty of exposure in the states and going back over to fight Malignaggi would surely genereate alot of interest especially as they are both very exciting gutsy fighters

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posted Dec 9, 2007

Just because hatton lost one fight that don't mean it is the end .

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posted Dec 9, 2007

No, of course not. But where does he do now? Drop down a weight where he has NOTHING to prove? Rematch with Mayweather? Even if Mayweather agrees, Hatton was a long long way away this time. D

Del La Hoya? Dunno, I think he would get a hiding there as well.

So he has nothing to prove at a weight lower and can't cut it with the best at a step up.....what's the point?

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posted Dec 9, 2007

Del La Hoya at Wembley if he wins then re-match with mayweather.
If he loses then witter and retire (he'll beat witter to shut him up)

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posted Dec 9, 2007

I really can't see Ricky beating ODLH - if he fights him hes going to hurt and beaten. Of course, that fight could be almost as big as last nights and he's going to make a lot of money out of it.
If he wants to win, some relatively unknown welter or anyone at lightwelter. I personally believe that he could beat just about anyone at 140. Witter would be a decent choice, but just to stop his moaning. I'd love to see Hatton-Khan though....

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posted Dec 9, 2007

Hatton - De La Hoya would be a repeat of the PBF fight, De La Hoya miles ahead on points and will force a late stoppage.

Looks like it's time for Hatton - Witter. This has been a long time coming ang would be a classic British fight at light welter. It would also give Hatton the chance to hold a genuine world title again.

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comment by sidslot (U9049031)

posted Dec 9, 2007

Great effort Ricky, proud of you
Unfortunately Mayweather again proved he is lb 4 lb the best on the planet at the moment, and he also had a game plan which worked perfectly.
Think Ricky needs a long holiday to reflect and relax. I do !!

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comment by Redrage (U1710671)

posted Dec 9, 2007

There is no shame in losing to a bigger, faster opponent especially one of Mayweathers ability. I think it underlines that Light-Welter is where Ricky needs to be fighting he simply isn't effective enough at Welter - not as a pressure fighter anyway he isn't strong enough to bully and hurt opponents and referees like Cortez won't allow him to outwork opponents.

I think e should clean up lightwelter, fight Rees, Witter and then Malinaggi or whoever else has the belt come that time. He could then go out on a high.

I wouldn't fault him for making a Wembley date with ODLH either, he has proved all he needs to why not have a big payday like that and then call it a day?

All the best to Ricky whatever he chooses to do in the future!

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posted Dec 9, 2007

Oscar dela Hoya is in the same class as Pretty Boy. Hoya will beat Ricky anyday anywhere. Ricky fights with his heart and that can only take you so far. He can get hurt if he continues. He should become a boxing fights promoter and enjoy his money. I dont even know how anyone was mad enough to give him a chance against Pretty Boy:(

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comment by Stev (U6790938)

posted Dec 9, 2007

Hatton is only 29, he takes one loss and Lewis declares he should retire?, stick to boxing and leave the cmments to the commentators Lennox.

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posted Dec 9, 2007

i dont care what any 1 says about hatton, i 110% think he could and still will knock the socks off mayweather, i agree with what alot of people have said that the media build up put way too much pressure on him and being honest he botteld it ODLH V HATTON next hatton wins in 10th round by KO THEN PRETTY BOY V HATTON pretty boy wins again and hatton retires thats the route its going guys!

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posted Dec 9, 2007

I dont think Hatton will retire. would love to see him take on Witter

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posted Dec 9, 2007

What does Ricky H got to gain from facing Witter? Absolutely nothing and I do not think that he will do it. Its like going back to play in the cocacola championship after playing in the finals of the champions league:-D

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posted Dec 9, 2007

to win back a world title for a start

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posted Dec 9, 2007

Hatton is truly a GREAT CHAMPION AND FIGHTER!...he never ducked the best amd he has beaten some of the great fighters..for the mayweather to have to fight him is a sign that this was a battle of the Kings!...NOTHING to sad about having your only defeat so far to the best ever legend!

Hatton has lifted British pride in sport..I think he should have a few more fights get his confidence back ..then challenge Mayweather again!...a final fight! <ok>

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posted Dec 9, 2007

It was such a good fight, I really hoped Ricky could do it but logic prevailed.

I think he'll try De La Hoya, and if he beats him he'll rematch Pretty Boy in the UK in 2009.

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posted Dec 9, 2007

He shouldnt even entertain fighting De La Hoya. His own trainer has said he needs to drop back to 140lbs.

So the big fights arent there for him so the obvious thing for him to do is unify the division starting with the IBF WBA and WBO titles. Then in his last fight have a british superfight with Witter for the WBC title so we are guaranteed a unified british champion.

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posted Dec 9, 2007

I think its definately looking like Hatton needs Witter, if Witter can establish himself as the man at lightwelter, Hatton will be on collision course. Problem is Hatton has been somewhat exposed. Witter is an akward customer as well, he will probably draw inspiration from Floyd's victory. Still, it would be a great dust up and I would love to see it.

I am just sad for Ricky, he put everything into this fight, and to come away with nothing, heart breaking. But I take my hat off to Mayweather, he was class. I cant see anyone beating him and yep he should retire on top. He's done it all. There will always be someone to fight, but he is being smart and knows when its time to pack it in.

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comment by Clem_89 (U6749026)

posted Dec 9, 2007

first of all well done to Mayweather. It was always clear in my mind that he would emerge victorious and he proved me rite. I really admire the guy.

As for Ricky.... do not retire!
Go down to light welter, face Witter for the WBC and then face JUAN DIAZ! the guy is moving up in weight in the next year or so, and after the exposure Ricky got, this fight could happen on either side of the atlantic...it would be a cracker!

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comment by steeluv (U6279073)

posted Dec 9, 2007

Hatton should stay at light welter and fight and do three or four more fights b4 retiring, he should fight witter next summer . ODLH should retire. Pretty Boy is trully a legend what is the point of a rematch??

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posted Dec 9, 2007

I do not have much boxing knowledge. Is a rematch against Mayweather realistic?
For what its worth, i think that Hatton can beat Mayweather now. He would be much more relaxed and will have learnt a huge amount from this. Mayweather is a money man and admitted a desire to fight in UK. Perhaps in front of 10's of thousands at Wembley???

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posted Dec 9, 2007

hatton needs to go back to lightwelter and re-establish himself as the king as he is easily capable of doing so

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posted Dec 9, 2007

I have to echo the same feeling about not wanting to see Ricky retire.... I'm gutted for him that he ran into that left hook but what can you say, Mayweather is pound for pound first class and to be honest boxing came alive again watching this fight. Hatton put on a great show and I would love to see him have another go against Mayweather.... he had me out of my seat a few times in Vegas, I would pay for that again

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comment by amorto (U1679928)

posted Dec 9, 2007

Hatton shouldn't retire because he was outclassed by a master boxer in a heavier weight division.
With all respect to Lennox Lewis, if there was a heavyweight anywhere near Mayweather's class in his day, he would have never been champion.

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posted Dec 9, 2007

Wow. You lot are unbelievable! Hatton is still a legend! Retiring after losing one bout that was controlled by a poor referee, at a different weight to what he prefers and against Mayweather? You're all nuts! Hatton has still got a lot to offer this sport. A few more fights against worthy opponents at the lower weight before making the step back up would be the best option. He still has three good years at the top of his game. I just hope that the support that he has built up will still be along for the ride, still vocal and still willing to take out a second mortgage to see wherever the fight is. As for Lewis... big dopey fool that only fought people he knew he could beat and lost to a few of them...Lewis, I remember you calling Rachman a "has-been" - Seems to me that title suits you far better! Fight fans need to stick with Hatton, he's done a lot for us!... now, lets show him the support he needs!

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comment by Stev (U6790938)

posted Dec 9, 2007

"I do not have much boxing knowledge. Is a rematch against Mayweather realistic?"

Well I think Mayweather has already been quoted as saying such a rematch could be on, wouldnt be for a while though. Still It was a good effort by Hatton, yes he was out classed, but considering that Mayweather was the superior fighter on the night I thought he did quite well. More often than not many out classed fighters these days give up the ghost in the early rounds so Ricky did well to push it as long as he did.

And Lennox please shut up, despite having been a boxer (a pretty average one aswell), you clearly dont know what you are talking about.

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posted Dec 9, 2007

jamez169 "such a good fight" i dont know what fight you were watching it was not much of a spectacle at all. i am a massive hitman fan, but i am sorry he should be ashamed and i know he is kicking himself. cortez was a disgrace but ricky really just didnt bring his A game at all i still feel that he could really challenge mayweather but he really let himself down. you will get people saying it is because mayweather is this and that but it is not hatton was too tense and over eager he really did not fight well. as for his future he should drop down and smash witter then retire, cotto would ko him i said that before the mayweather fight, i just think it would be a really bad option for ricky. i think floyd should fight cotto fingers crossed cotto might stand a chance and if mayweather beats him he can retire the best welterweight of all time! yes i am begining to think he would of beat leonard! anoying because he is such a creep.

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posted Dec 9, 2007

Hatton was beaten by the better man. No way should he retire, though. Mayweather got it tactically spot on. It's a shame that the referee was so bad, but even if Hatton was allowed to play his usual game he still wouldn't have won, such was Mayweather's speed and skill in adapting. Hatton took the fight to Mayweather, who countered him very well and was able to adapt to a different style.

Light welterweight is The Hitman's limit i feel. He is the best at that category, and has proved that. Still another couple of fights could be in order. Witter maybe?

Even if Hatton and Mayweather do have a rematch, Mayweather will still be too much, even if Hatton has learned. He is not a welterweight fighter.

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comment by ortigia (U2691372)

posted Dec 9, 2007

At 140 he will lose to both Witter and Malignaggi 2 great boxers and obvioulsy Hatton has a hard time aginst boxers he is in my opinion the MOST OVERHYPED OVERATED boxer out there at the moment.....Cotto will kill him at 147 best bet at 140 but those 2 guys I mentioned are better than he is, so retiremnet is the only choice for him....

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posted Dec 9, 2007

"he should be ashamed"

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Sorry but that comment is just completely idiotic. Consider he had to move up a weight to fight, and consider that he struggled in his first fight at welterweight, causing him to move back down to light welterweight. He is the best at light welterweight, but he's not a welterweight fighter. He was outclassed by Mayweather. He did his best and tried to take the fight to him, but was beaten by the better man. End of.

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posted Dec 9, 2007

A rematch against Mayweather? not a good idea at all, the guy just totally outclassed Hatton, lets face it Mayweather basically beat him up without really breaking a sweat, watching the fight you always felt Mayweather still had a couple of gears to go, you felt he stayed in gear 2 most of the match, upped it to the 3rd gear in the 2nd half of the fight, couple of more gears to go in my opinion. It was just too easy for him

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