By Rick Reeno
Robert Diaz, matchmaker for Golden Boy Promotions, reached out to BoxingScene.com to set the record straight on the widespread story which claimed Diaz had approached Ricky Hatton with an offer to fight Oscar De La Hoya. According to Diaz, not only is the story not true, but the statements, attributed to Diaz in the British press, were never made.
Diaz did attend last Saturday's fight between David Haye and Audley Harrison at the MEN Arena in Manchester, and he did spend time with Hatton during the fight week of Haye-Harrison, but the two of them never discussed the possibility of a ring return.
"There is no truth to it. I did spend some time out there for the David Haye fight and I did spend a lot of time with Ricky. We spoke about family and soccer and food and we joked around, but we never spoke about boxing. We never discussed him coming back. There were even reporters who came up to me and asked me if I want to see Ricky back. As a fan, I said that I would like to see Ricky come back, but that decision can't be made by me. Ricky is the one who has to make that decision," Diaz told BoxingScene.com.