Friday, December 07, 2007

Mayweather vs. Hatton -- "Undefeated" Prediction

On its face this matchup should thrill boxing fans everywhere. Two talented, undefeated fighters who've won real world championships (as well as a few bogus belts) and two men who have convincingly defeated top fighters in doing so.

The central difference is that one of the men, Floyd Mayweather, is a mega-talent in almost every facet of the game, while his opponent, Ricky Hatton, is a clear notch below him on the ability scale. Mayweather has a proven chin, radar-like defense, and adequate power as a welterweight. Hatton is a killer at 140 but at 147 his vaunted body punching is simply above-average.

Mayweather will likely outspeed, out-maneuver, and generally out-perform Hatton in every department. No one will walk-over Hatton and he will pressure Mayweather throughout. He is willing to go all out with complete abandon and that gives him a slight chance. Very slight. Expect Mayweather to contently dominate round after round as Hatton is frustrated in his attempted bull rushes.

A truly great fighter beats a truly good fighter.

Mayweather by 12-round decision.
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