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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 August 2007, 05:33 GMT 06:33 UK
Hatton planning public thank-you
Ricky Hatton
Hatton could expect thousands of fans to attend his launch
Ricky Hatton is planning a huge public press conference in Manchester to launch his fight with Floyd Mayweather.

Hatton and Mayweather will meet on 8 December, most probably in Las Vegas, in a bout between arguably the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

And Hatton's lawyer Gareth Williams told BBC Sport: "The nature of the bout means it will take place in America, so Ricky wants to say thanks to his fans.

"A public conference, with thousands of Ricky fans present, would be amazing."

The bout, dubbed a modern-day super-fight, looks likely to be staged at the MGM Grand, where Hatton could expect a travelling support in excess of the 10,000 that saw him beat Jose Luis Castillo in Las Vegas in June.

And Williams insists a big turn-out could give Hatton a psychological edge over Mayweather.

I would suggest that Mayweather has under-estimated Hatton and... the impact of his fans

Gareth Williams

"The press conference at Caesar's Palace (ahead of the Castillo fight) was fantastic and that made a big impact for Ricky," he said.

"Say we got 10,000 Brit fans singing 'Blue Moon' and letting their feelings for Mayweather be known - it would be a perfect way to launch it.

"I've seen quotes from Mayweather saying he will beat Hatton up, but Ricky won't bad-mouth anyone. I would suggest, though, that Mayweather has under-estimated Hatton and he has under-estimated the impact of his fans.

"A public launch of this nature is quite unprecedented and it would be the perfect way to launch what will be an unprecedented fight."

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