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Manny Pacquiao: Ricky Hatton comeback is a mistake

Pacquiao on Hatton's return: I respect Ricky but he's making a big mistake

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UPDATED:

13:42 GMT, 21 November 2012

Ricky Hatton is making a big mistake returning to the ring this Saturday. That is the verdict of Manny Pacquiao, the man whose knockout blow consigned the two-weight world champion into retirement three years ago.

The Hitman makes his big comeback this Saturday against Ukraine's former WBA welterweight king Vyacheslav Senchenko in front of a sell-out crowd at Manchester Arena.

But Pacquaio, who brutally defeated Hatton inside two rounds at the MGM Grand in May 2009, thinks the 34-year-old should have stayed away from the ring for good and insisted it is not something he will ever do once he walks away.

Comeback: Ricky Hatton undergoes his final preparations with his trainer Bob Shannon before Saturday's big return

Comeback: Ricky Hatton undergoes his final preparations with his trainer Bob Shannon before Saturday's big return

'I do not think it is a good idea to come back once a fighter has retired. It’s not something I plan on doing,' said Pacquaio, quoted in the Daily Express.

'I know how hard it is to get back into good boxing shape after being out of the training camp for only three or four months.'

Pacquiao is preparing for his first fight since controversially losing his WBO welterweight title to Timothy Bradley last June with a fourth fight against rival Juan Manuel Marquez next month in Las Vegas.

Blow: Manny Pacquiao destroyed Hatton inside two rounds in May 2009

Down and out: Manny Pacquiao destroyed Hatton inside two rounds in May 2009 (celebrating, below)

Down and out: Pacquiao celebrates his win over Hatton in May 2009

Despite voicing his concerns over Hatton's return, the Filipino legend insisted he respects the Manchester fighter's decision.

'I cannot imagine what it is like after a number of years,' Pacquaio added.

'It’s not just the conditioning, it’s the reflexes, legs, mental conditioning, and so much more.

'But this is Ricky’s decision to make and I respect him for it.'

Crunch test: Hatton will collide with Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Manchester Arena

Crunch test: Hatton will collide with Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Manchester Arena

Ricky Hatton v Vyacheslav Senchenko live on Primetime pay-per-view

Hatton's big comeback to be screened on pay-per-view channel Primetime

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UPDATED:

13:39 GMT, 25 October 2012

So huge is the interest in Ricky Hatton's comeback fight on November 24 that it will be screened on pay-per-view television in Britain.

The 20,000-seater Manchester Arena was sold out within hours when tickets went on sale – before the Hitman even announced the identity of his opponent, namely Ukraine’s immediate past world welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko.

Prime time: Ricky Hatton's comeback will be screen on pay-per-view

Prime time: Ricky Hatton's comeback will be screen on pay-per-view

The fight will be broadcast live here on Primetime at 14,95, as well as in America on the major Showtime network.

Hatton said: 'I’m humbled to have so many great fans.

'After my knock-out by Manny Pacquaio I want to make them all proud of me again.'

Floyd Mayweather begins prison sentence in Las Vegas accompanied by 50 Cent

Mayweather accompanied by 50 Cent as fighter begins three-month jail term

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UPDATED:

10:52 GMT, 2 June 2012

Floyd Mayweather Jr was lead away in handcuffs in a Las Vegas courtroom as the world champion began his three-month prison sentence for domestic violence.

The unbeaten and reigning WBC welterweight fighter was accompanied by rap superstar 50 Cent, who said the boxer would be 'all right' as the boxer was booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Nevada.

Jailed: Floyd Maywether Jr is lead away in handcuffs as he surrenders to serve a three-month sentence at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas

Jailed: Floyd Maywether Jr is lead away in handcuffs as he surrenders to serve a three-month sentence at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas

Mayweather was sentenced last December after pleading guilty to attacking his ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris in 2010 but was granted a delay by the judge in order to allow him to fight Miguel Cotto on May 5.

Las Vegas Metropolitan police department revealed the 35-year-old was issued standard dark blue prison garb and slippers and will be kept apart from the jail's general population of more than 3,000 other inmates.

Bu his side: Mayweather was escorted into court by his attorney Karen Winckler and friend 50 Cent (left and below), who said the boxer would be 'all right'

Bu his side: Mayweather was escorted into court by his attorney Karen Winckler and friend 50 Cent (left and below), who said the boxer would be 'all right'

Support: Rapper 50 Cent has backed his friend Mayweather to be 'all right' in prison

The authorities statement added that Mayweather will be confined to a cell consisting of a toilet, sink, bed and desk, with a window allowing direct sunlight. He is allowed two magazines or books in his room and will be fed three meals per day – with breaking starting at 4am.

Mayweather will be in protective custody, resulting in other inmates being on lockdown while he enjoys his one hour free time a day.

After serving his sentence, it is understood that Mayweather will look to secure a long-mooted fight with pound-for-pound best rival, Manny Pacquaio.

Mugshot: Mayweather poses for his booking photo

Mugshot: Mayweather poses for his booking photo

Room with a view: Mayweather has a small window allowing sunlight into his cell, with a toilet, sink, desk and bed

Room with a view: Mayweather has a small window allowing sunlight into his cell, with a toilet, sink, desk and bed

Standard issue: These are the clothes Mayweather will wear during his 90-day prison stretch

Floyd Mayweather beats Miguel Cotto

Wait for it, Amir: Another year and Floyd may be beaten

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 6 May 2012

Money talks and Floyd Mayweather spoke so eloquently inside and outside the ring in Las Vegas on Saturday night that the whole world sat up and took notice.

The brilliance with which Mayweather repulsed Miguel Cotto’s machismo assault on his unbeaten record spelt out his claim to be recognised above Manny Pacquaio as the best pound-for-pound fighter on planet earth.

Those fight-by-fight exchanges of bragging rights are important since, as Mayweather admits himself: ‘That fight between me and Pacquaio which all the fans want to see is not going to happen.’

Champion: Floyd Mayweather extended his unbeaten record against Miguel Cotto

Champion: Floyd Mayweather extended his unbeaten record against Miguel Cotto

For that he blames the PacMan’s promoter, Bob Arum, but there are also issues about his own demand for the lion’s share of the $100 million-plus purse.

Only one thing was left unsaid at the MGM Grand Garden: If boxing is dead, then nobody has told the corpse.

As each three minute stanza of dazzling intensity came to its climax the sell-out crowd rose to its feet. Not just to roar its excitement but to applaud the celestial quality of what all 16,047 of them had just witnessed.

Boxing still can be a noble art and when it is performed with such virtuosity it deserves its standing ovation.

When it is shot through with such courage as this the protagonists deserve their rich rewards, on this hot night in Sin City a minimum $32million and $8million for Mayweather and Cotto respectively.

Amir Khan would like to share in such a pay-TV bonanza but Mayweather’s master-class sent out another message, once which warned Britain’s Olympian talent to be patient.

In control: Mayweather got the better of Cotto over 12 thrilling rounds

In control: Mayweather got the better of Cotto over 12 thrilling rounds

Before trading with the man who calls himself Money our former – and hopefully soon to be reinstated – world light-welterweight champion should have at least one acclimatising fight at full welter and wait until next year.

Khan seeks to regain his titles in a grudge re-match with Lamont Peterson on this Strip in less than a fortnight. But it is not in his best interests to be the first challenger in waiting when Mayweather comes out of the Clark County jail some three months from now.

Not only does he need to test himself at the heavier weight but by next summer Mayweather will be another year older and Khan another year wiser.

At 35, the not-so-quiet American remains a remarkable athlete and a demonic trainer. But even on this impressive occasion the first subtle signs that Father Time is catching up with him became apparent.

Mayweather explained his willingness to engage in a full-blooded battle with Cotto as a desire to entertain the masses. Maybe so but even the greatest pugilists go through the transition from boxer to fighter as they age.

Tough challenge: Cotto gave Mayweather the toughest fight of his career

Tough challenge: Cotto gave Mayweather the toughest fight of his career

As they become less light on their feet and less fluent in movement – almost imperceptibly at first – they find themselves standing and exchanging punches instead of dancing and dazzling.

It is more dramatic to watch but it takes its toll and for the first time in his 43-win career Mayweather was bleeding from nose and mouth as the battle raged.

Although he won, deservedly, that proved to be a maturing experience. At the final bell he told Cotto: ‘You’re a helluva a champion, the toughest guy I ever fought.’

When the officials gave him victory by a Cotto-insulting 118-110 points on one card and an exaggerated 117-111 on the other two, this man who has always liked to announce himself perfect was the first to voice dissent: ‘This was a night of blood, sweat and tears and Miguel won a few rounds.’
That he did, four of them on my 116-112 scorecard.

Cotto troubled Mayweather with his violent persistence at close quarters, even though he was caught marginally more often by the accuracy of his celebrated challenger’s mix of counter punches and offensive combinations.

Wait: Amir Khan (right) must beat Lamont Peterson before facing Mayweather

Wait: Amir Khan (right) must beat Lamont Peterson before facing Mayweather

The fight was in the balance until Mayweather changed up a gear with four rounds to go, culminating his effort with a grandstand finish in the 12th which had the Puerto Rican staggering.

But Cotto , whose WBA light-middleweight belt was on the line, is nothing if not defiant and when the last bell sounded they embraced in mutual respect.

Perhaps the imminence of the June 1 start to his prison sentence for domestic violence is enabling Mayweather to put his life in more reasoned perspective. It certainly sounded like that as he said: ‘Going away is an obstacle I must overcome by strengthening my mind – and next time I am in a situation like that I hope I will deal with it a different way.’

He spoke after adapting in the ring to become a world champion for the eighth time in five different weight divisions.

Despite the degree of difficult and discomfort which Cotto brought to the equation, Mayweather said: ‘It was a cool fight.’

It is also one which breathes life back into a sport requiring resuscitation.

As Oscar De La Hoya, president of promoters Golden Boy, put it so succinctly: ‘This was a beautiful thing for boxing.’

Floyd Mayweather defeat would hit Amir Khan, too

Mayweather defeat to Cotto would hit Khan

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UPDATED:

23:23 GMT, 4 May 2012

If Miguel Cotto springs the surprise he is threatening on Saturday night, Amir Khan could be as big a loser as Floyd Mayweather.

Khan has been assured that if he wins his world title re-match with Lamont Peterson here in a fortnight he will be within touching distance of mega-fight with Money Mayweather.

Mega fight: Cotto (right) and Mayweather at the official weigh-in

Mega fight: Cotto (right) and Mayweather at the official weigh-in

If he gains revenge for that
controversial defeat in Peterson's home city of Washington in
spectacular fashion, that multi-million dollar pay-day could come as
early as this autumn, after Mayweather finishes his three-month spell in
prison.

But Cotto, the Puerto Rican hard man,
will scupper a lot of expensively laid plans if he puts a shock end to
Mayweather's perfect 42 win record.

Heavy hitter: Cotto (right) weighed in right on the limit

Heavy hitter: Cotto (right) weighed in right on the limit

That would kill any remaining
possibility of a $200 million Fight of the Century between Mayweather
and Manny Pacquaio – and Khan would be a victim, also.

On the line: Super welterweight fight between Mayweather (left) and Cotto could have ramifications for Khan

On the line: Super welterweight fight between Mayweather (left) and Cotto could have ramifications for Khan

Richard
Schaefer, chief executive of Golden Boy promotions, says: 'Amir will be
very much in line for a fight with Floyd so long as he comes through
this tough battle with Peterson.

Plenty to gain: Amir Khan

Plenty to gain: Amir Khan

'At the moment we are looking for him to move up to welterweight for one fight before taking on Floyd. But if he looks sensational in regaining his light-welter title from Peterson he could go straight to Mayweather later this year.'

Ready to rumble: Mayweather gears up for Cotto in Las Vegas

Ready to rumble: Mayweather gears up for Cotto in Las Vegas

Oscar De La Hoya, Golden Boy president, adds: 'Amir looks almost ready for the really big fight.'

First, however, Mayweather must fulfil his end of the bargain.

Cotto is massively admired by his fellow professionals.

His only defeats in a stellar, multi-world title career of his own came against Antonio Margarito, whose gloves were 'loaded', and in a beating from Pacquaio, when he had to drain himself to make the agreed catch-weight.

The king: Mayweather wears the crown of confidence

The king: Mayweather wears the crown of confidence

But he looked rejuvenated recently when taking revenge against Margarito in a fair fight.

Mayweather has come up to the full light-middleweight poundage to fight for Cotto's WBA world title, thus accepting a physical disadvantage which gives hope to the thousands of Latin American fans who will throng the sold-out MGM Grand Garden arena.

The outside chance of an upset is also predicted to draw a huge pay-per-view audience on the HBO network here.

Mayweather reassures his followers: 'Cotto will be no more able to get at me than any of my opponents.

'He has good movement but I will be sharper and quicker and keep him where I want him.'

That said he jumped to his feet and demonstrated the foot-work and punching angles he will use in the ring tonight.

Then he added: 'Cotto is a very good fighter. I will beat him but that will not make him a bad fighter.'

Khan will not be alone in hoping he is right but this assignment is likely to take time.

At Friday night’s weigh-in, watched by a crowd of 8,000, Mayweather scaled 151lb while Cotto was right on the 154lb limit.

I expect Mayweather to pick off the aggressive Cotto with his usual accuracy, then dominate as the fight goes on and get ready to go jail with his cherished unbeaten record extended by a late stoppage or points victory.

Mayweather-Cotto is live late on Saturday night on BoxNation via Sky Ch. 456 and Virgin Ch. 546.

Golden Boy De La Hoya backs Khan to claim the ultimate prize

Golden Boy De La Hoya backs Khan to claim the ultimate prize

Oscar de la Hoya believes Amir Khan will follow in his footsteps as the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

De La Hoya, now Khan”s promoter and boss of Golden Boy, is convinced that Khan is already capable of defeating Floyd Mayweather Jnr.

Fighting fit: Amir Khan

Fighting fit: Amir Khan

Golden Boy also promote Mayweather and De La Hoya will match Khan against him if the dream fight against Manny Pacquaio fails to materialise.

De La Hoya, now back to business following his spell in post-alcoholic rehabilitation said: “If we can”t make the Pacquaio fight then we will gladly put Amir in with Floyd in May.

“Do I believe Khan is ready for Floyd I believe he”s ready for anybody.

“There is a theory that Amir might get caught by Floyd”s counterpunching but I don”t think so.”

He then paid Khan the ultimate personal compliment by saying: “Amir reminds me of myself. So full of energy, putting on so much pressure.

Back in business: Oscar de la Hoya

Back in business: Oscar de la Hoya

“Floyd is a great defensive fighter and he can slip two to three punch combinations but Amir is now throwing so many punches in clusters that he can”t avoid them all coming at him so fast.

“It would be a real problem for Floyd.”

De La Hoya understands the public demand for Mayweather to fight Pacquaio but insists that the only stumbling block to a May 5 meeting is the Filipino congressman”s own promoter.

He says: “Bob Arum is the only one stopping it happening. We want to make the fight the whole world wants to see.

“But we need at least three months to build a fight like this. So we need Manny to get Arum to the table very soon after Amir”s fight here against Lamont Peterson this weekend. If that goes as well as we expect and we still can”t pin down Pacquaio then let”s go for Mayweather versus Khan.”

Arum counters by insisting that his Top Rank company are negotiating directly with Mayweather and that Golden Boy are worried they may be cut out of the richest fight in boxing history.