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Hatton's letter to the fans

18/12/2007


Dear M.E.N. readers,

I moved up in weight to challenge the man quite rightly regarded as the best pound for pound fighter in the world Floyd Mayweather Junior.

This was the third time this year that I have fought in Las Vegas and two years since I last fought in England. Each fight has seen more and more Brits travel across the Atlantic for what can only described as an amazing journey and the journey is still not over.

For the fight 30,000 people invaded the city of Las Vegas, 7,000 fans turned up inside the arena for the weigh in and as many again were unable to gain entry. A capacity crowd of 16,000 watched the fight live, and thousands watched on closed circuit television screens throughout Las Vegas.

Every where I went in Las Vegas I saw Brits laughing and joking in their “Fatty’s gonna get you T shirts”. I was stopped in the street by people who just wanted to wish me well and offer their support both British and American alike. It even rained on the day of the weigh in and with so many Brits just for a moment it felt like I was back home in Manchester.

The fight did not go the way I had hoped and planned for and I was stopped in the 10th round. Throughout the fight the crowd could be heard singing there’s only one Ricky Hatton, even in defeat their support did not waver. Amazing.

Following the fight, Floyd put his arms around me and we shared some kind words and a mutual respect that only boxing can bring. It was nice of Floyd to say that I had given him his toughest fight and that the British fans made it a memorable night to remember.

It’s not easy losing when you set your goals so high but throughout my journey one thing has been the consistent, the support of my fans. Given the choice of all the belts in the world or the support of the fans, the fans support will always come first. I can say with all honesty that I have the best fans in the world.

This Christmas I will spend time with my family and I will take a long deserved holiday before going back into the gym in the New Year.

I have no doubt that I will be back in the ring as I am still the undisputed Light welterweight World champion. I have spoken with my Dad and we both agree that the time is right and we would like to repay the fans loyalty with a fight in this country.

And so at this time of year I would like to wish you and your families a Happy Christmas God bless you all and I will look forward to seeing you in the New Year. Thank you so much for your support.

Ricky.
 

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Reading there that he will have 5 more fights. I read somewhere yestaday for the 1st time that Ray Hatton said the Witter fight will happen but not yet.

Id love to see Ricky smash Witter so bad. Witter's nothing but a wannabe watching him run his mouth is laughable. He tries the sort of PBF bad mouthing act but anything Floyd can do or say he can back up in the ring! Witters an arsehole!
 

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Surprising Floyd would actually say that. Of course I still don't believe that he's a good person especially because of the things he said in the 24/7 series. Hopfully Ricky will get a rematch with him. Also hopfully Witter he's all talk and I hope that The Hitman just shuts him up.
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Yeh the Witter-Hatton fight simply won't happen, Ricky earned £20m for his last fight whereas Witter earned £50k, Hatton hates him so much hes not willing to give him the payday, because thats all Witter wants.
 

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Ricky would give him a fight at that rate. If he respects a guy he'll give him a shot and if he doesn't he can prove what he has to prove elsewhere. Witter is a prick and hoenstly I'd like to see Ricky leave him stunned in the corner refusing to come out and fight another round.
 

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Surprising Floyd would actually say that. Of course I still don't believe that he's a good person especially because of the things he said in the 24/7 series. Hopfully Ricky will get a rematch with him. Also hopfully Witter he's all talk and I hope that The Hitman just shuts him up.
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I hope Ricky gets a rematch but this time lets hold the fight in Manchester England with referee and judges all hailing from Manchester England too. Thats the deal Ricky signed to get the fight lets see if Floyd has the same courage. I very much doubt it
Ricky had the deck stacked against him from the start Joe Cortez was blatently biased in favor of Floyd and would not let Ricky fight
The judges were preparing a ludicrously lop sided decision in case it went the distance. Harold Leddermans card was more realistic
Floyd won fair and square he didnt need the skullduggery did he
 

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I hope Ricky gets a rematch but this time lets hold the fight in Manchester England with referee and judges all hailing from Manchester England too. Thats the deal Ricky signed to get the fight lets see if Floyd has the same courage. I very much doubt it
Ricky had the deck stacked against him from the start Joe Cortez was blatently biased in favor of Floyd and would not let Ricky fight
The judges were preparing a ludicrously lop sided decision in case it went the distance. Harold Leddermans card was more realistic
Floyd won fair and square he didnt need the skullduggery did he
Yea I just wrote a blog about that a few minutes before you posted your message. I do agree with you 100 percent.
 

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Yea I just wrote a blog about that a few minutes before you posted your message. I do agree with you 100 percent.
i would wecome that fight with open arms !!a re-match with little ricky sounds good to me. even if it is in "MANCHESTER" if the $$$$$$ is right... let's do it !!! ya know it will sell !! but this time it won't go past 8 rounds !! money mayweather !!! ya got to love him !!!L.O.L.
 

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i would wecome that fight with open arms !!a re-match with little ricky sounds good to me. even if it is in "MANCHESTER" if the $$$$$$ is right... let's do it !!! ya know it will sell !! but this time it won't go past 8 rounds !! money mayweather !!! ya got to love him !!!L.O.L.
Floyd will NEVER fight outside the US Scott His people like the security of having friendly officials too much
 

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YAWN. Its getting very boring now... Smoger, Bayliss, Mercante whoever was the third man in the ring Hatton would have still been knocked out in the 10th round. Maybe you should go back and check the first Castillo fight, where the referee was very harsh on Mayweather and deducted him a point when Castillo was getting away with alot of things.
 
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