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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 December 2007, 06:35 GMT
Hatton scuffles with Mayweather
By Ben Dirs
BBC Sport in Las Vegas

Mayweather and Hatton face off

Hatton v Mayweather
Date: Sunday, 9 December
Starts from: 0100 GMT
Location: Las Vegas
Watch: Sky pay-per-view
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Ricky Hatton had to be pulled apart from Floyd Mayweather as their media conference threatened to boil over.

"There's a time to laugh and joke and be my usual sarcastic self but the fight's two days away now and I've done my laughing and joking," said Hatton.

"When I leaned on him he said, 'Don't touch me'. I gave him a 'you're dead' gesture then I smiled. If he's annoyed at that, wait till the bell rings."

The pair fight for the WBC welterweight crown on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

The physical confrontation came at the end of a stare-out between the two fighters that lasted two full minutes.

Mayweather and Hatton shoved each other back and forwards with their chests before being kept apart by handlers.

606: DEBATE
Ben Dirs - BBC Sport
The American swore several times at Hatton, who winked and ran his finger slowly across his throat.

Hatton said: "These kind of mind games aren't my thing, but he was pushing me."

Hatton is convinced he has managed to get under the skin of a fighter who clearly revels in his enormous self-confidence and seemed visibly perturbed by his rival's antics.

"I think Floyd preys on that confidence and that's why he did it. I think it'll hurt him more than me. I'll go away and forget about it now but I think he might be seething," he added.

Mayweather spent most of the news conference with his every move being cheered by a handful of followers who help massage the fighter's confidence each day.

And in his usual confident style he said: "He can't get under my skin. I'm not at all worried about that. We will see if it's an advantage. I'm not shaking.

"When I went over to the UK they threw bottles at me, rocks at my car, giving me the finger. And he says I'm disrespecting him?

"I've been there plenty of times. I know what it takes. Just another day for me, I've been here so many times.

"Come Saturday night you'll see a Floyd Mayweather that shows versatility, inside, outside, toe-to-toe," added Mayweather.

Come Saturday night you'll see a Floyd Mayweather that shows versatility, inside, outside, toe-to-toe.

Floyd Mayweather

"I've faced every style there is and I'm pretty sure I've faced the Hatton style before. But he's going to bring his A game and we're going to give the fans one hell of a fight.

"I'm in tremendous shape, I always come prepared because I don't overlook no guy."

Mayweather's uncle and trainer, Roger, believes Hatton will need more than just his fists to defeat his nephew.

"How do you beat a guy like Floyd Mayweather? He's got good hand speed, tremendous defence, so if Hatton tries to bum-rush him, he's going to get messed-up," he said.

"You can't do that. The best way to deal with my nephew is to use a stick, a fishing pole.

"But if you ain't got a fishing pole, and you come in there with your face, I ain't gonna tell you what's gonna happen. He's too crafty, he's too slick, he can do it all.

"You'll see on fight-night why they call him the best fighter in the world."



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