Hatton vs Mayweather
05.12.07 - Photo: Rob DeLorenzo - Golden Boy - Five division world champion "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather addresses members of the media Tuesday sitting in front of the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena where he will face Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton Saturday night in “UNDEFEATED!” for the WBC and Ring Magazine welterweight championship live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Article posted on 05.12.2007
"Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather, and Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton both arrived at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for "UNDEFEATED!" for the WBC and Ring Magazine welterweight championship at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on HBO Pay-Per-view. Here is what the fighters had to say as they met with media members in town early to cover this mega-bout..
"PRETTY BOY" FLOYD MAYWEATHER
"This is another fight for me and I am totally prepared to do what I have to do Saturday night to beat Ricky Hatton.
"All my other opponents said they were going to beat me too and I'm still undefeated.
"When have you ever heard Ricky Hatton talk trash before. He won't say it to my face but in front of the cameras he is really acting up. We did a five-city tour and the only time he talked tough was when he was home in Manchester. Now he's talking on HBO's 24/7 too. You know what I call him-a camera gangster. If I'm going to talk about you I am going to do it to your face, right in front of you.
"His mother probably wants to tell him, "go in there and kill him" but the dad stopped her from going that far. I personally would never say anything about his mother or father. My grandmother, who raised me, told me never to speak badly about anyone else's parents. I wouldn't respect him like that no would my mother ever say anything like that about one of my opponents.
"The fight won't go the distance. I can promise you that
"I just am happy that I have been able to make a nice life for my family. My kids are happy, my grandmother who raised me is living a good life and my mother is well provided for. I don't have to worry about anything else. It's just who I am.
"Ricky Hatton has never faced anyone with any talent like I have. All those British fans coming to the fight are going to have the chance to be part of the "Floyd Mayweather Experience."
RICKY "THE HITMAN" HATTON
"A lot can be said before the fight and he has been saying all kinds of things, but all he's doing is lying to the papers.
"The reason I came to fight in the US in the first place was to get a fan base and here we are at the grand arrivals and I'm getting all of the cheers. Not one person cheered for Floyd, they are all my fans. We are here in his hometown, in Las Vegas, and not one fan in the crowd. He seems like a confident man, but I think he's a bit insecure. This is his hometown and if I got booed in my hometown of Manchester, I would hate that kind of reception.
"When the talk of his hand being hurt surfaced and that the fight might be canceled, it was all squashed immediately so it never had the chance to sink in with me.
"He's had all of these excuses, Dancing with the Stars, his hands, his shoulders, 24/7, etc but I just throw it over my head, I want to fight the best Floyd Mayweather there is, he says he's the best, so I want the best on Saturday.
"He's training as hard as ever, and he's in great shape, but I don't think he thinks I'm as good as I am.
"I think in the Castillo fight a lot of people say I did better than Floyd and then others say Castillo had seen better days, but I've never seen one fight where Floyd has taken the bull by the horns and gone after him and that's what he's got to do on Saturday.
"He calls me all kinds of name, Ricky Fatten, says that I only fight the "has beens," none of that stuff matters to me.
"Floyd has barely scrapped by through the skin of his teeth on a couple of occasions. In the fight with Oscar, Oscar died in the last six rounds of the fight and Mayweather only won that fight by the skin of his teeth because of that."
World welterweight champion "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather will meet British icon and world junior welterweight champion Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton for the WBC and Ring Magazine world welterweight championships Saturday, Dec. 8 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, and sponsored by Rock Star Energy Drink, Tecate Beer and Southwest Airlines, the fight will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View. For more information on Mayweather vs. Hatton, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com .
Closed circuit tickets, priced at $50, are still available and can be purchased at MGM Mirage properties' box office outlets or by phone with a major credit card at 866-799-7711. For MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay venues, tickets also are available by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 702-474-4000. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person and all seats are general admission.
The Mayweather vs. Hatton pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT, will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than 61 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. For your Mayweather vs. Hatton fight week updates, log on to www.hbo.com .
The series finale of HBO's documentary series "Mayweather/Hatton 24/7" will premiere Thursday, Dec. 6 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. In addition, HBO will stack and replay all four half-hour episodes on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on the main service.
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