Floyd Mayweather put on a vintage display to stop Ricky ‘Hitman’ Hatton in the 10th round and retain his WBC welterweight crown in Las Vegas.
Hatton, 29, applied most of the pressure in the early rounds as he promised he would, but could not find the angles to unload his normally accurate shots and his pressure was not as intelligent as normal, causing him to fade as the fight went on.
Mayweather started to find his range with his blistering hand speed and was finding the target with great accuracy. Taking breathers in the grapples and conserving energy to land the shots that counted
Mayweather finally floored Hatton with two big lefts in the 10th before ending it with a devastating left hook. That brought Hatton’s and Englands dream crashing to the floor.
Hatton took his defeat gracefully, declaring it a “Fluke”
Mayweather took his win in his stride paying compliments to Ricky and the fans. As a 6 time champion at five weights i buy into the theory that we are watching the career of a true great.
When the fight was originally made we sided with Mayweather but was won over by Hatton’s confidence. We bought into the theory that De La Hoya took mayweather all the way and would of won if he had not faded at the end. Looking back De La Hoya was strong enough to trade and push Mayweater back with punches rather than grappling, he was bound to fade with the blistering effort. Also De La Hoya is big at the Welterweight having natural power over Mayweather, that showed when they traded. Hatton just did not look quite as strong as we though he would.
We though Hatton would rough up Mayweather but Mayweathers style allows him to adapt, turning Hatton’s force against him, using his shoulder to force Hatton back and when he made room unload with hooks.
Reports that Mayweather would be fazed by the crowd, when he has face De La Hoya in his home country, lets not forget Hatton is big in England, but De La Hoya is the most watched boxer outside the Heavyweight division and a superstar in America. Mayweather came out wearing the Mexican colours mocking De La Hoya’s heritage and supporting crowd, hardly the actions of some one that would be overwhelmed by the crowd!
Report of crowds three times the amount of the 4,000 official English fans would also be wide of the mark, taking it to near capacity of the Garden arena, it was a massive Pro Hatton crowd with the large majority of American supporting Ricky. Around 8,000 tickets stay with the MGM, that they use the tickets to bring in the high rolling gamblers, they have no interest in a 1,000 dollar ticket they want the gamblers to spend big time!
Well done Hatton for his great effort, it was great while the hype lasted and he is a great ambassador for the sport. We really bought into the fight and the excitement we felt in the build up and the anticipation was unbelievable and it will be a while before it is matched by any sportsman in any sport.