Two champions step into the ring but only one man steps out victorious, seemingly unscathed. It was the night of all nights and one that will be remembered for a long time, as many fans from around the world stayed glued to the tube in hopes of witnessing something spectacular in boxing history. I know I was certainly surprised at the outcome as I had expected, (like every body else I imagine) that the brawler would win, that this powerful puncher would be triumphant as he had always been. He was forty three and zero, an impressive record while his opponent was thirty eight and zero, neither was bums out there; these guys were actually championship material.
Who am I talking about? Well! I am speaking about the Hatton vs. Mayweather fight, and the results of that battle. You can bet most of the boxing world had their money on Hatton the European strong arm brawler who has never tasted the agony of defeat or had the opportunity to smell the stale scent of canvas as one who fell to defeat would, while admiring the canvas from close range.
Saturday night in Las Vegas Ricky Hatton ended the fight of his life smelling the canvas at the Las Vegas boxing ring, Hatton like Arnold Schwarzenegger insisting â€œIâ€™ll be backâ€, it was an unusual moment as he had never in his long and lustrous boxing career been knocked out, knocked down, or defeated. The tenth round was the deciding round as Hatton the â€œHit Manâ€ under-estimated the boxing abilities of Floyd Mayweather Jr, It obviously was not the ending that many of Hattonâ€™s supporters had anticipated, everyone was sure that the â€œHit Manâ€ had the odds in his favor.
Pound for pound Floyd Mayweather Jr. was considered the best fighter in at least five different divisions; â€œFloyd Mayweather, Jr. (born February 24, 1977 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is a professional boxer who has a record of 39-0 (25 KOs or TKOs).
Since July 18, 2005, he has been rated by The Ring magazine as the number-one pound-for-pound boxer in the world.  Mayweather has won six world boxing championships in five different weight classes, and he was the WBC welterweight champion.
Ricky Hatton is a two-time IBF and IBO Light Welterweight Champion, having relinquished the IBF belt, only to step back down to the weight class and beat Juan Urango. He was the WBA Welterweight Champion, but relinquished this title on August 31, 2006. Hatton is also the former WBU, WBA Light Welterweight Champion and WBC, WBA, WBO Inter-Continental Light Welterweight Champion.
Until December 8, 2007 he was undefeated (with a career record of 43 wins, 31 by KO) when Floyd Mayweather Jr. stopped him in the 10th round of their encounter for the WBC Welterweight Crownâ€.
Hatton said: "I'll go away and have a few months off to have a proper think about it, but don't forget I moved up to welterweight to fight the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
"It wasn't my night, but I feel like I'm still improving. The knockout didn't feel as bad as I thought it would and I feel like I've been in a lot more grueling fights which I've won.
"Without a doubt it hurts, because I thought I had the style to do it. I had a great chance and I had all the tools. But there was a time to be more subtle, and I didn't, I just went for it and set myself up like a mug."
During the fight Ricky Hatton had sustained a cut over his right eye while dealing with the blurring punches from Floyd Mayweather Jr. The â€œHit Manâ€ fought gallantly and at one point he buckled Mayweather over with some sharp body blows during the first few rounds of the fight. Mayweather proved that he is a master of court side boxing as he managed to keep Ricky at bay while he continued to out box him in several of the latter rounds.
The champion's tactics were stretching the rules but his infractions were matched by those from Hatton in a fascinating but, in many ways, ugly clash for the WBC welterweight crown.
"Ricky is one hell of a fighter," said Mayweather afterwards. "I've got nothing but the utmost respect for him. I told you it would be a toe-to-toe battle and it was.
"I knew this kid was going to bring his 'A' game because he is tough as nails. I kept thinking, 'damn, he isn't going anywhere yet. Damn, he's still coming'. I knew I would have to show versatility because he was rough and tough."
With that, Mayweather retreated into another supposed retirement to wait for the next multi-million dollar offer, probably to fight the ferocious welterweight champion Miguel Cotto next year.
I really enjoyed the fight and like many others I also had fun watching the antics displayed by Floyd Mayweather at the press conference. Although my money was on the Hit Man, as usual the better fighter prevailed.
Mayweather with two knock downs under his belt in the latter rounds sealed Hattonâ€™s fate and stopped the presses in what would be permanently recorded in boxing history and in the minds of his fans as one of the greatest fights in boxing history, the other one was "De La Hoya vs. Mayweather: which was a boxing super welterweight superfight. (This match was one of the richest boxing matches ever, with over $120 million in generated revenue)
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THE HIT MAN VS. THE BOXING PRETTY BOY
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