A few fans and writers will be force fed their hats and copius amounts of humble pie today as the mega fight between Floyd Mayweather, rated as the finest fighter on the planet, and human piranha Ricky Hatton took another giant step toward reality. According to Ray Hatton, not only has son Ricky signed the contract, so has Floyd – essentially, the deal is done.
These negotiations were clearly underway before the two fighters’ respective clashes with Castillo and DeLaHoya, because the fight appears to have progressed very swiftly. From a list of potential foes for Hatton, Mayweather is the dream, the cherry, the ultimate opponent. And I must confess to already be suffering from goose bumps at the prospect.
Many already propose the bout will be a modern day Leonard v Duran or Robinson v LaMotta. The former is probably the closer match, but whatever the outcome, victor or for whom you’ll be pulling in the fight – every fan, writer and associate of the sport will be thrilled to see the two fighters sign. Boxing needs bouts like this, prime fighters putting it on the line.
I’m still in a state of disbelief. Hatton v Mayweather. What a fight!
Click here for the BBC report on the news, with quotes from Ray Hatton.