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Mayweather calls Hatton's bluff!

floyd mayweather jr28.06.07 - By Yero Moody: Ricky Hatton was able to catch Jose Castillo at the right time in their perspective careers. Castillo is clearly not the same fighter he was when he fought Floyd Mayweather,Jr or Diego Corales. I'm not saying that to diminish Hatton's victory I'm merely stating was obvious to many observers.

Castillo is a shot fighter and his poor showing against Herman Ngoudjo prior to his bout with Hatton was a sign of his diminished skills. I'll readily admit I thought Castillo still had enough left in his tank to beat the rugged Hatton but I was wrong. Jose Castillo is not the fighter he once was and should consider retirement while he still has some measure of good health.

Hatton earned a well timed victory and can now demand bigger purses with much better opposition. Unlike his other British counterpart Joe Calzaghe, Hatton has actually beat more than one popular fighter. Hatton has already began to use his momentum to begin demanding a fight with none other than the pound for pound best fighter on the planet, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. We've heard this cry before from Hatton only to have him state "I'm not ready for the likes of a Mayweather" immediately following his victory over Luis Collazo in his welterweight debut.

For those of us fans who follow boxing news we remember that prior to Mayweather signing to fight Oscar De La Hoya that Mayweather publicly stated that he would pursue a fight with Ricky Hatton or Shane Mosley. As we know immediately after his second fight with Fernando Vargas, Mosley stated that he did not want to fight Mayweather right now and that Mayweather should fight Antonio Margarito. Hatton, immediately after his victory over Collazo, when asked about what he felt about fighting Mayweather stated that he wasn't ready for Mayweather and promptly vacated his belt and bolted back down to 140lbs. Now that he is now two weight classes below Mayweather he's now calling him out. Are we now to take him serious?

Hatton made the statement following his win over Castillo that "the fans have seen more excitement in these four rounds than anything in Mayweather's entire career." I assume he must have been addressing the fans who didn't see Mayweather's fights against Angel Manfredy, Gernaro Hernandez, Diego Corales, Arturro Gatti, Zab Judah and a prime Jose Castillo. I'm also assuming he was referring to the fans who enjoy wrestling rather than boxing. I don't blame Hatton though, he's only doing what he can to spark interest for that fight.

Mayweather is quoted as saying that he when he heard Hatton's remarks he immediately stated that he would come out of retirement to face Hatton. He stated that he has done his best to ignore Hatton's previous comments but when he mentioned his name in such a negative light on national TV he had to call his bluff. Mayweather states, "Hatton won't take the challenge. We'll see what excuse he comes up with this time." My feeling is that he'll demand Mayweather come down to 140lbs and face him or ask for much more money than he deserves, if he really doesn't want to fight Mayweather. If he does, he'll sign the contract as simple as that.

The fight has tentatively been set for November 10, 2007 and both sides are set to iron out the details in the next two weeks. This will be a megafight in hype only, make no mistake about it. Ricky Hatton who carries with him a very large fan base unfortunately lacks the skills to deal with Mayweather. Oscar De La Hoya is also rumored to have called Hatton and stated that he is interested in fighting him. I wonder if De La Hoya would make Hatton come up to 154lbs and impose all the things on Hatton that he did against Mayweather? Fortunately for Hatton he met a war torn, washed up Castillo. Mayweather is no such animal. He will punish Hatton for as many rounds as Hatton's legs hold him up.

This foolishness that I'm hearing aout Hatton being stronger and hitting harder is hogwash! Is Hatton anywhere near as strong or as fast as Oscar De La Hoya? No! Hatton will not be able to turn this into a wrestling match and when he tries he will be punched mercilessly by the much faster Mayweather. His come forward, pressure attack will be just like the bull versus the matador and it will end just as brutally.

Questions or comments: yero_m@yahoo.com

Article posted on 29.06.2007



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