By James Slater
Former 140-pound king Ricky Hatton has tweeted how many people have been asking him his opinion on what will happen when Floyd Mayweather gets it on with Saul Canelo Alvarez. “The Hitman” has stated how he feels his former conqueror will beat the far younger Canelo, but that Mayweather will have one of his toughest fights.
Speaking with BBC Sport, Hatton, who was stopped in the 10th-round by Mayweather back in December of 2007, went into more detail.
“Alvarez is younger, bigger and stronger but Floyd will have the speed and the movement to keep out of the way,” Hatton said. “He will be Floyd’s toughest fight, because Floyd is getting on a bit. Having said that, he lives the life and looks after his body. He’s also a master of defence so he hasn’t been in too many wars, and there aren’t too many miles on the clock, despite his age. Floyd will make Alvarez miss and any boxer will tell you that there’s nothing that tires you out more than hitting fresh air constantly.”
Most experts agree with Hatton and pick Mayweather to advance to 45-0 on September 14th.
However, during this past Tuesday’s media teleconference call, Alvarez was asked about the Mayweather-Hatton fight and he said he will not make the mistakes Hatton made against “Money.”
“I’ve studied the fight and I’ve seen what he did and he kept coming in,” Alvarez said on Tuesday. “He kept coming in and pressuring Floyd and throwing a lot of punches, but I felt that he kept coming in a little too open and he was getting caught with many punches coming in, especially the right hand and, obviously finally, with the left.”
Hatton’s defences and ultimately his chin let him down against Mayweather. Will Canelo suffer a similar fate?