Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Mayweather, Hatton trainers talk about Dec. 8 fight

Roger Mayweather, the trainer of Floyd Mayweather and Billy Graham, the trainer of Ricky Hatton, spoke to the media on Tuesday in regards to the Dec. 8 welterweight title fight in Las Vegas. Nev.
Floyd Mayweather (38-0) takes on the 43-0 Hatton in a battle of two of best fighters in the world.
Mayweather is a slick fighter with great speed, defensive skills and the owner of six world titles.
"He can pressure all he wants," Roger Mayweather said of the action-paced Hatton. "That's all he can do. He's a high class club fighter. The best fighter is going to win, Ricky is durable but skills win fights."
Mayweather has beaten the likes of Jose Luis Castillo, Zab Judah and Oscar De La Hoya and is widely regarded as the best in the world.
"Floyd is at the top of his game," Graham said. "I don't believe that he or his camp is underestimating Ricky. Floyd's defense is breathtaking, he's a warrior and I knew this fight would happen. It was meant to happen."
Hatton, who said in a conference last month, that he believe he has a good chance of winning, is coming off a knockout win over Jose Luis Castillo.
The question for Hatton is can he be as effective at 147 that he is at 140. He beat Luis Collazo at 147 in 2006, but he wasn't nearly as sharp as he could have been.
"Ricky has a lot of attributes, good balance, good reflexes and good strength," Graham said. "That's good enough to beat Floyd. We're preparing for a hard fight."

— Felix