By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
RICKY HATTON last night delivered his verdict on the ring craft of Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather meets Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in the world's richest-ever fight at the MGM Garden Arena here tonight.
This was the venue where Mayweather shattered Hatton's unbeaten record with a tenth-round stoppage in December 2007.
Hatton, the retired former twoweight world champ, didn't hold back when he described just how good the world's best pound-forpound fighter is.
He told me: "If I had opened a box of confetti and thrown the contents at him, I still don't think I would have hit him!
"Whatever I did, I just couldn't do the job. He ducked and dived all the time and I couldn't hit him at all. So many people over the years have had the same trouble with him.
"I had done my homework before the fight but it didn't count on the night. I think that will be the same for Alvarez."
The 36-year-old Mayweather, unbeaten in 44 contests, is clear favourite to beat the WBA and WBC world light-middleweight champ from Mexico.
And Hatton agrees with the bookies, claims that 23-year-old Alvarez will find it just too difficult to extend his 43-fight unbeaten run.
Hatton said of five-weight world champ Mayweather: "He is the most difficult guy I have ever met in the ring.
"Alvarez is a great fighter and is younger, bigger and stronger. But Floyd will have the speed and ability to keep out of the way.
"I know to my cost just how hard it is to punch him because he can avoid anything you throw at him. But it will still be Floyd's toughest fight.
"He is now getting on a bit. Having said that, he lives the life and looks after his body.
"He's also a master of defence. He hasn't been in too many wars, and there aren't too many miles on the clock, despite his age.
"Everything looks to be in his favour.
"Floyd will make Alvarez miss and any boxer will tell you that there's nothing that tires you out more than hitting fresh air.
"The way I see it, Floyd will keep out of any trouble and I can see him claiming his 45th win on points against a really rugged opponent."
Mayweather shares Hatton's confidence in his ability and said: "I am at my peak right now and know just how the fight will go.
"I have never lost a fight and, believe me, that will be the case once again here in this contest."
Alvarez, said: "I think Mayweather is under-estimating me.
"I know I have the ability to make history by being the first man to beat him."
PREDICTION: I agree with Ricky Hatton and I'm taking Mayweather to win on points.