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 Last update:  2/28/2014       Read more by Edward Chaykovsky         
   
Hatton: Mayweather-Maidana a Mismatch, a Canelo Repeat
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By Edward Chaykovsky

Ricky Hatton, who faces Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2007, was shocked with the pound-for-pound king's recent decision to face Marcos Maidana on May 3rd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Hatton felt his countryman†Amir Khan, who Mayweather passed up, was a much better choice and had a far better shot at making the match competitive.

Hatton expects a repeat of Mayweather's fight with former junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Mayweather boxed his way to a lopsided twelve round decision win. The Manchester icon is predicting an more one-sided victory, because he†considers Canelo†to be†a more accomplished fighter.

"I think itís a shocking fight. I was so disappointed to hear that the clash with Khan had fallen through. And while I would never say Floyd is avoiding a test, perhaps he didnít fancy Amirís style. Iíve said for a while that Amir could cause him problems. Iíve had a few people come up to me and say Ďwhat are you saying?í when I say Amir has the style to beat him. But Iím a firm believer that if he jabs and moves, swallows his pride doesnít go toe-to-toe then he could do well. The last fighter Floyd looked ordinary against was Zab Judah, so maybe he just didnít fancy Amir stylistically. He would still be expected to win, but stylewise it could be a nightmare for him," Hatton told The Manchester Evening News.

"Amir might be the only fighter out there who is as fast as him and even if Floyd did win, he might not come out of it looking very good. Instead he has chosen Maidana as his next opponent, but for me itís just a repeat of the Saul Alvarez fight. Floyd won that comfortably despite giving away a weight advantage.

"I like Maidana. Heís a big puncher and heís all action, but I donít see that he has any of the qualities that could trouble Floyd. Style-wise itís a mismatch. Heís just a smaller Alvarez with less boxing ability. I donít see how heís going to harm Floyd unless he lands one on the chin Ė and we all know how hard he is to hit. Maidana has a puncherís chance and no more as far as Iím concerned."

Tags: Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Marcos Maidana , Ricky Hatton , Mayweather-Maidana , Mayweather vs. Maidana



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comment by B-Bomber, on 02-28-2014
[QUOTE=Body Movin']first of all, maidana fights nothing like alvarez and second, people were saying alvarez should have fought mayweather the same way maidana was fighting broner... so what the f*ck? which is it?[/QUOTE] Canelo should have pressed the action in the second half of the fight, I ...

comment by lest26, on 02-28-2014
Hattons just saying what he is expected to say and he has said it for so much he cant say anything else, if Khan was not British i doubt he would be saying it, lets face it Floyd would figure Khan out in nine mins or less and all Khans speed would do is enable him to land his chin on a fast Floyd...

comment by Mr Regan, on 02-28-2014
[QUOTE=LRcie03]Come on guys. Are you really saying Amir Khan will beat Mayweather because of styles? Canelo is pretty fast and strong, Amir Khan has been knocked out several times now. Why would he finally be the one who breaks Mayweather's code? Either way I think its better to fighter a Man...

comment by MeatCurtain, on 02-28-2014
Maidana probably won't win.I say that as a long time fan of his, but if the ref does his job (Alexander fight), honestly which is unlikely against Mayweather then Maidana is going to have a better showing then Guerrero and Canelo. For whatever reason those guys decided that a gameplan revolving a...

comment by Pacnot, on 02-28-2014
I can't wait for this fight WAR FLoyd Jr vs Maidana:fing26:

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