Pretty Boy! Mayweather Knocks Out Hatton In 10th
Floyd dropped a bomb on Hatton
I wanted to get the UK take on the fight. The British fans were boisterous in the MGM Grand and almost seemed to influence American fans in attendance. It seemed most fans were actually cheering for Hatton. Isn’t Mayweather American? What’s up with that?
Anyway, Floyd showed and proved to the world he is the best. Using his forearms and elbows, Mayweather kept an ever charging Hatton off when the fighters clenched. Hatton wore down as the fight progressed and in the 10th, Pretty Boy clocked Hatton with a check hook–as Floyd called it–to essentially end the fight. IMO, the fight was never in doubt for Mayweather and it was only a matter of time before Floyd connected with a power shot that would get Hatton off his feet. In the later rounds, Floyd successfully tagged Hatton with jabs until the inevitable happened. Hatton stayed in there, but giving Mayweather a target might not have been the best approach. It ended up being straight up target practice. After the ninth, Hatton’s corner was in disarray because they knew what was coming. Ricky probably was thinking to himself as all the voices sounded like mumble jumble: “Get me the hell out of here! Somebody get me a beer”.
In doing this on the big stage, PBF proved there is no fighter close to this cat right now. Shouldn’t this result have been expected? Dude just doesn’t get hit. He imposed his will on Hatton and Floyd seemed much more confident in close. He was definitely the more skilled fighter and was ridiculously accurate with his punches. Dominant performance. Personally, I feel Mayweather’s legacy is cemented, but if he does the same to Miguel Cotto, he will go down as one of the best of all time–period.
Don’t look for this fight to happen anytime soon. Mayweather has collected over 50 million the last two fights. Trust the man is going on an extended vacation.
It must be noted Joe Cortez did a great job officiating the fight.
Would be nice to be in Vegas right now. Drink one for me Pretty Boy!
From the UK:
Floyd Mayweather powered to victory over Ricky Hatton after knocking down the Manchester boxer in Las Vegas.
Hatton fought bravely but Mayweather found a rhythm and began to land some telling blows until the fight was stopped in the tenth round after an unstoppable left hook.
Hatton looked nervous as the boxers entered the ring and although he produced some exciting moments for the thousands of travelling British fans, it was Mayweather who extended his unbeaten record to 39 fights.
In the opening round it was Mayweather who landed the first meaningful punch with a swinging left hook in the opening seconds, but Hatton raised the roof when he landed a left hand which caused the champion to momentarily loose balance.
Another clean left from Mayweather cracked home before the bell ended an action-packed first round. Hatton continued to stalk his opponent in the second round, taking the champion further out of his comfort zone, but increasingly leaving himself open to the champion’s tremendously accurate left hands.
The exchanges continued into round three, when Hatton barged his opponent to the ropes and dug in under the watchful eye of referee Joe Cortez, who was having to work overtime to regulate the action. Hatton fired a superb jolting jab in response to another Mayweather swing but Mayweather responded with a cracking right hand and Hatton went back to his corner with blood seeping out from a cut above his right eye.
Mayweather ended round seven with a flourish as Hatton fell further behind on points and Mayweather stepped things up further in the eighth, slamming home a right from which it was a minor miracle that Hatton was able to stay upright.
There was worse to come for Hatton. Mayweather crashed in a left hand and jerked Hatton’s head as he had him in all sorts of trouble in the corner. Amazingly, Hatton looked unfazed and fired back with a right of his own. Cortez paid Hatton close attention at the end of the round but Hatton insisted: “I’m OK”, and strode out to continue his seemingly fruitless quest, but lacked the clean work required to bring him back into the fight.