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Hatton promises to entertain fans

RICKY HATTON V PAULIE MALIGNAGGI
Venue: MGM Grand, Las Vegas Date: Saturday 22 November
Coverage: Commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live (start time to be confirmed) and live text commentary on BBC Sport website. Live on Sky Sports from 2100 GMT.


Ricky Hatton
Hatton has lost just once in 46 fights

Ricky Hatton is promising his fans "a barnstorming fight" in his light-welterweight showdown against Paulie Malignaggi in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Hatton will be back at the MGM Grand Arena where he lost his unbeaten record to Floyd Mayweather last year.

"I'll be all over him like a rash. I won't be taking any backward steps.

"The day Ricky Hatton fans leave a fight without being entertained is the day I hang up my gloves," he said.

Hatton dropped back down a division after his defeat to Mayweather in the 10th round of their WBC welterweight bout last December.

And Hatton says returning to the scene of that defeat is hard.

"Whenever I walk through the MGM Grand the first thing that will go through my mind will be Floyd Mayweather knocking me out, but there is not shame in that," he added.

"He was the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, possibly of all time, but this training camp has made my confidence go right through the roof and I am not thinking about the Mayweather fight.

"I can understand why people have maybe said Ricky Hatton is past his best but I think they might be writing a new script come Saturday.

"I'm still going to be the same old aggressive Ricky Hatton but I have polished my performance a bit in some areas and I expect that to be the difference come Saturday."

606: DEBATE

A year on, Hatton is now being trained by Mayweather's father, Floyd Mayweather Snr, and he says the new training camp has "made me into a better fighter".

If he puts on a good performance at the weekend, a re-match with Mayweather Jnr could be on the cards.

"I wouldn't mind another crack at Floyd," he said. "I don't want to be an old man moaning in a few years' time about that fight, I'd rather he knock me out another time.

"If I have another cracking performance on Saturday then I will put myself in the shop window for another fight with Floyd.

"I'd like to fight either him, Oscar de la Hoya, Manny Pacquiao or Juan Manuel Marquez. Marquez is one of the best fighters in the world and he has said he would like to move up a weight.

"But I will only be in the firing line for these fighters if I put in a big performance on Saturday."

see also
Hatton v Malignaggi photos
19 Nov 08 |  Boxing
Hatton's seven best - and worst
18 Nov 08 |  Boxing
Hatton beyond help - Malignaggi
10 Oct 08 |  Boxing


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