Hatton claims Khan would be Mayweather’s ‘worst nightmare’
Milan Ordoñez on Dec 19, 2014 12:56 PM
Photo credit: Ricky Hatton Facebook page
MANILA – Former lighter welterweight world champion Ricky Hatton holds a rather unique opinion regarding the possible Amir Khan-Floyd Mayweather match-up.
“Hitman” has been retired from professional boxing for two years now, but his presence remains to be felt in various events. Marcos Villegas of Fight Hub TV recently caught up with him and asked for his opinions about the sport’s most pressing issues today, one of which is the plausible fight between his fellow Brit Amir Khan and “Money Mayweather.”
“Floyd won’t have any trouble with big hitters, big punchers ‘cause he’s so exceptional, defense-wise, but I think he will have trouble with movement and speed,” Hatton said. “So I think Amir would be his worst nightmare.”
Hatton did fight Mayweather in 2007, wherein he lost via a disgraceful 10th round technical knockout. It was also the British boxer’s first ever career loss.
Since this particular defeat, Hatton was believed to have deteriorated as a boxer. More so, his devastating highlight reel knockout loss to Manny Pacquiao in 2009 put him out of action for three years, only to lose his comeback fight that followed it.
Speaking as a man who had experienced a demoralizing stoppage defeat, Hatton also believes that Pacquiao is slowly coming back to his “old self” since the fourth Marquez fight two years ago.
“I believe he’s looking better and better each fight,” Hatton said of Pacquiao. “His next fight after the Marquez defeat, he didn’t look to great, but bit by bit, he’s getting his confidence back. He’s getting back to the old Manny Pacquiao now.”
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