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Old 07-02-2005, 03:00 AM
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Old 07-02-2005, 08:48 AM
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I was highly skeptical of pbf for a long time before I found out he had beaten Correles and Correles had never been in the fight and he beat Castillo twice. The Gatti fight had always been in my mind a foregone conclusion. I was watching fnf's last night and Ricky Hatton was guest analyst, he was talking about his tactics for beating zoo and I was impressed both by his boxing knowledge and his down to earth nature. I have posted already that pbf would destroy Hatton, but after seeing him on fnf I think he at least has a chance against pbf. I liked his response to Mayweather giving him ****, "He's a class act int' he."

I have a thought on Gatti v Mayweather tho, the old time trainers always said you work with a fighters natural attributes, if your guy is a boxer you don't try to turn him into a brawler and vice versa, you work with what your boy brings to the ring and teach him to use his skills to their best affect. So if he is a walk up slugger you teach him to move his head etc. Gattis' only chance was to rough up Floyd and LET HIS HANDS GO! You aint gonna win by laying back, not against a pure boxer like pbf. But I suppose it's easy to say when I am not the one who had to fight him.
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