â†µAfter Ricky Hatton easily defeated Paulie Malignaggi this past Saturday at the MGM Grand in Vegas, the site of Hatton’s only defeat at the hands of the now-retired Floyd Mayweather Jr., the Manchurian brawler made no bones about who he wants to fight in 2009. â†µ
â†µNone other than Floyd Mayweather Jr. â†µâ†µ
â†µHatton has his rematch fantasy all mapped out -- a packed house at Wembley Stadium for his legion of British hooligans to come see their Ricky avenge his only loss to that loudmouth, hip-hop spewing cretin known as Money May. â†µâ†µ
â†µHe seems hell-bent on getting his revenge, even hiring Mayweather’s father, Floyd Sr., as his trainer in a move towards potentially learning the actual boxing skills that it might take to defeat Floyd Jr., not to mention learning everything that Daddy Floyd could teach him about beating the crap out of his son and hopefully at the same time luring said son out of retirement with the gesture. â†µâ†µ
â†µFor his part, Floyd Sr. is still demanding that Hatton give up the booze if he’s going to continue to train him, saying to the UK Telegraph about Hatton’s chances in a rematch with Floyd Jr. -- “He is never going to beat him if he's into drinking … That Ricky Fatton s--- isn't going to work. If he keeps drinking it is never going to happen." â†µâ†µ
â†µHatton, however, has made it clear that he has absolutely no interest in stopping drinking. And maybe he won’t have to, because the one thing that still remains to be seen is whether Money May is going to take the bait on this rematch gambit. A bout with Hatton in London would be a big newsmaker in Europe, but I suspect that it would not be a great draw here in the States, where Hatton is only a marginal figure. The first fight did excellent PPV numbers, but it benefited from HBO’s 24/7 treatment and the high that Floyd was riding after the massive Oscar/Floyd fight from earlier in the year. I doubt a rematch would captivate Stateside fans in quite the same way. After all, it’s not like Mayweather/Hatton I was anything but conclusive. Floyd beat Ricky nine ways to Sunday, knocked him out cold. There was not a lot of mandate to do it again. â†µâ†µ
â†µI’m inclined to think that Floyd is going to pass on Hatton as being beneath him now, even though the added bonus of putting his daddy in his place might sweeten the pot a little. It’s just not a big enough event to bring Floyd back to the table. The more likely Hatton-at-Wembley date in 2009 is one with Oscar De La Hoya, a rumored fight that, even before Oscar’s bout on December 6th with Manny Pacquiao, has so much traction in boxing circles that many feel it may already be a done deal. Oscar’s been making a lot of noise about fighting Hatton for a while now, and in that the two have become co-promotional buddies, it seems natural that they would get together to make the kind of fight that Oscar loves -- a no-risk billion-dollar farce against a guy with a huge following who is short on skill and much smaller than him. Yet another in a slew of reasons to hope that Pacquiao knocks his ass out. â†µâ†µ
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