I don't much hype has surrounded this weekends fight between Maaaaaaaanchesters Ricky "Hitman" Hatton and Michigan's Floyd "pretty boy" Mayweather - but it's HUGE here!
Why? Many reasons....
1)It's two undefeated boxers fighting for the undisputed welterweight championship of the world
2) over 30,000 UK fans have invaded Las Vegas to make the place feel like home turf for hatton - a big point considering many UK boxers are mocked for never leaving the UK.
3)this fight, promoted by Oscar dela Hoya in his new role as promoter, is literally the most closely match pound-for-pound fight in the past decade!
Floyd Mayweather is named 'Pretty boy' by his own camp - due to his ability to avoid cuts and swelling during a bout. He has some of the best defensive boxing seen in the sport, and is a proven contender with 38 undefeated fights, mixing with world class stars since 21 years of age.
His flamboyant style is at odds with Hattons down-to-earth, psychologically mature approach to this fight. Hatton is the underdog, known to cut in the ring. He was the US bookies longshot for many months..until....he landed in the US several weeks ago and people began to realise that this guy, boxing since 11 years of age, was something to be taken seriously. The media circus has moved from vegas, to LA, to Mayweathers home state of Michigan, back to Vegas....and during this time hatton has out-psyched Mayweather resulting in the latter resorting to cliched press conference 'loud mouthing'. Hatton has never finched. He may be the underdog, but has been throughout his career. A career in which he's never lost.
Who will win? If i remove the UK press hype i honestly don't know. Mayweather is a thoroughbred professional with quick hands and a solid chin. Hatton is a determined character, with enormous support stateside and, i believe, genuine confidence in his ability to win this fight. On the other hand - Hatton cuts up easily, Mayweather can loose focus due to playing up to the media too much.
My verdict? If hatton can force Mayweather into his defensive position, and thus avoid being cut, he can't knock out maywether but can last all 12 rounds and maybe nick it on points through sheer grit and determination. If he gets caught by a mayweather combo, he may have a strong jaw, but I don;t know if his face can take a sustained a attack.
COME ON RIIIIIIIIIIICKY!