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14 NOVEMBER 2018

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Mayweather's road to greatness must include Hatton

Ricky "Hitman" Hatton
Ricky "Hitman" Hatton

Comment by Paul Upham: Floyd Mayweather's debut at welterweight on Saturday night in the USA with a six round stoppage of Sharmba Mitchell contained no surprises.

After the win over Mitchell, Mayweather mentioned Zab Judah, Winky Wright and Oscar De La Hoya as desired future opponents. Ricky Hatton must be included on this list.

After his impressive win over Kostya Tszyu, 27 year-old Ricky "Hitman" Hatton 39-0 (29) vs. Mayweather 35-0 (24) is a fight the fans must see.

Mayweather reportedly received US$3.75 million from the American television network HBO for a fight many expected him to win comfortably and they were proved correct. The problem is now that for any new significant challenge, Mayweather is going to be asking for a lot more money.

In boxing, sometimes the hardest fight of all is making the fight and the drawn out negotiations that are involved. Mayweather will point to money as an issue and why some of those fights on his list are not made.

But how many millions of dollars is enough and can you truly put a price on legacy?

28 year-old Mayweather has the opportunity and the talent to attempt to prove himself as one of the best boxers in the modern era.

Recent history has shown with Roy Jones Jr that regardless of your perceived talent and skill inside the ring, your harshest critics will always want to quote the quality of your opponents you defeated, long after your best days have passed. It is not what you say or do outside the ring that matters so much many years from now. That is a measure of character. The hard cold statistic when assessing in the ring greatness is the quality of boxers that you have beaten in your own era.

Let's hope that after tonight's tune-up at welterweight, Mayweather will attempt a new run towards becoming the very special, once in a generation boxer that he really wants to be. Detouring around Ricky Hatton is not on the map to eternal greatness.

Paul Upham
Contributing Editor

Floyd Mayweather Jr
Floyd Mayweather Jr

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