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Originally Posted by 4CornersKid
I don't know about destory, but it would definitely be a FOTY type of fight. At 140, Hatton in his prime (2002-2007) would give a past prime-still good Marquez (2006-2009) problems. Hatton is a pressure fighter, who likes to get on the inside. If Marquez could counter him well, just like he does with Pacquiao and just like Floyd did to Hatton, I'd pick Marquez by a solid UD. But, if Hatton could cut the ring, something Pacquiao can't do, and take the fight to the inside and the ropes, he could win a close decision over Marquez.
Don't base Ricky's career of the Pac-Hatton fight. That was like Foreman-Frazier I, soemthing just had to give. Both are come forward fighters, hard punchers, and Pacquiao KO'd Hatton. Also, you gotta take into account that Hatton looked like s**t against Lazcano and Malignaggi, after Mayweather KO'd him.
Marquez could find himself in trouble though, just like he was with Juan Diaz and Michael Katsidis. People tend to forget now, because he gave Pacquiao big problems again, that Marquez looked far past his prime in 2010 against Diaz and Katsidis. He needed the KO to beat Diaz, and got floored by Katsidis.
Hattonw as good, a good win or two away from being an ATG in his era, kinda like Cotto. If Ricky had one other good win on his resume, people would talk about him as an ATG of his era. Cotto needs another good win to cement his legacy as an ATG of this era as well.
Whilst i agree Ricky gives him a damn good fight, JMM put on a masterclass against Kats. Bar getting sloppy and getting dropped (but not hurt) in a rd he was winning, he put a beating on Kats.
Kats didnt land much on him at all. (i didnt hear the HBO commontary but apparently they were all over Kats giving him credit for punches that weren't landing)