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01.12.07 Ricky and Floyd discuss their Training..

Ricky Hatton and Floyd Mayweather discuss their preparation one week ahead of their highly anticipated mega-fight at the MGM Grand.




Hatton: Floyd can't hurt me


by David Anderson

Ricky Hatton has taunted Floyd May weather by claiming he does not have the firepower to beat him.

Hatton says Mayweather's success is built on speed rather than punching power - and believes his quick hands will not be enough against him when they clash next Saturday.

The Hitman feels Mayweather's power has diminished as he has moved up the divisions from super-featherweight and because the WBC world welterweight king has problems with his hands.

Hatton reckons Kostya Tszyu, with his sledgehammer right, was a harder hitter than the man hailed as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
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"I think to beat Ricky Hatton you need that firepower to stop me coming," said the unbeaten Mancunian.

"Floyd has the speed and boxing ability and defence, but Tszyu had the physical strength and that dynamite right hand.

"I think you need power against me and I'd be more worried about facing power than speed.

He has to stop me coming at him and the question is has he got the power to hurt me?

"It's well documented that he has problems with his hands and he may be protecting them. I've no doubt he might lead me a merry dance at times and pick me off, but has he got the firepower to deal with my educated pressure?

"And that's the key - educated pressure. I don't think so."

Hatton plans to use what he calls the 'Energiser Bunny' approach he employed so successfully against Tszyu in June 2005 when he forced the former undisputed lightwelterweight king to quit on his stool at the end of the 11th.

He was in Tszyu's face all night and intends to hunt Mayweather down in the same relentless way in Las Vegas' MGM Grand.

But he won't come plodding forward like the American seems to think he will.

"He thinks I'm just a strong kid who is going to come rumbling forward, but there will be much more to my tactics than that," he said.

"My angles, my speed, how I move in on opponents very quickly will give him problems.

"I'm strong, accurate and I'll box clever. I do put pressure on people and I can be a bit of a bull at the gate, but people I've fought always say how clever I was and how I surprised them.

"I think Floyd Mayweather will also be a surprised man come December 8."

Hatton has received some tips from Oscar De La Hoya on how to beat Mayweather and they could be invaluable because the Golden Boy came closer than anyone, losing a controversial split decision in May.

Hatton has studied that clash at light-middleweight and believes De La Hoya would have won if he'd had more stamina.

That will not be a problem for Hatton, who is in the shape of his life and he has been walking around at the welterweight limit of 147lbs for the last couple of weeks.

"Floyd's style is perfect for me," he said. "He likes to sit on the ropes, cover up for long periods, but he's got to be careful the fight doesn't run away from him.

"De La Hoya nearly beat him, but tired after six rounds. I'm not going to tire, I'm going to get faster.

"He nearly lost his first fight to Jose Luis Castillo also. They were people who took the fight to him.

That's what I'll do, only they didn't fight him with the intensity that I will."


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