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[Boxing] Mayweather 'wants Hatton rematch'


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Floyd Mayweather is considering a rematch with Ricky Hatton at Wembley Stadium next spring, according to the Manchester boxer's promotional team.

Hatton, who fights Mexico's Juan Lazcano at the City of Manchester Stadium on 24 May, was stopped in 10 rounds by Mayweather last December.

Richard Schaefer, head of Golden Boy promotions, said: "It's very likely that Floyd will come over next spring.

"Floyd and his manager Al Hayman are very serious about it."

Hatton believes referee Joe Cortez contributed to his only defeat in 44 professional contests in Las Vegas and is keen to face Mayweather again under different circumstances.

"I thought the referee was a little bit harsh, the warnings were only coming one way and I lost my cool a little bit," said the 29-year-old.

"But I don't want to be an old man sat with my pipe and slippers in years to come and be blaming it on the referee.

"So I'd like to have another crack at him with a referee on better form and then if Floyd was to beat me again I could say, 'now you know'."

Before a return fight can be sealed, Hatton must first come through his fight with Lazcano before a possible clash with IBF light-welterweight champion Paul Malignaggi at New York's Madison Square Garden in the autumn.

Malignaggi, a native New Yorker, defends his title for a second time against Lovemore N'dou on the undercard of Hatton-Lazcano.

Mayweather, meanwhile, must negotiate a rematch with Oscar de la Hoya on 20 September, as well as an appearance on WWE's Wrestlemania on 30 March.

Schaefer added: "While Floyd would have to get past Oscar first, he knows that Ricky has talked about the referee.

"He wants to show that he will repeat what happened the first time and fighting in front of 100,000 fans would be huge motivation for Floyd."

Hatton ruled out a clash with domestic rival and WBC light-welterweight champion Junior Witter, saying: "If Junior Witter was fighting in my backyard, I'd shut the curtains."

I would love to see a rematch!!!

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Would love to see a rematch, hopefully this time hatton will shut him up !!!

Hopefully the referee will be good this time, Spring 2009 they are saying but it may not happen if Hoya beats him in September.

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I'd love to see it as well. For anyone who doesn't follow boxing, if they were told Joe Cortez was considered the best in the business they'd be laughing their heads off at the prospect of other referees! Definately some very poor decisions by Cortez in that fight!

Who knows though, maybe Oscar will shut him up. He nearly got their the last time!

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If I were Mayweather, I would want Hatton again. Easy payday and low risk defense of the title. Mayweather needs to fight Cotto to seal the deal. Even though I believe he would beat Cotto, thats the only fight left. Enough with these rematches on PPV, lets get some real matches.

BTW, Hatton is fighting Lazcano! Lazcano is washed up, if Hatton loses, it will be a huge black eye on his career. At the same time, wtf? putting him in with a tomato can.

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If I were Mayweather, I would want Hatton again. Easy payday and low risk defense of the title. Mayweather needs to fight Cotto to seal the deal. Even though I believe he would beat Cotto, thats the only fight left. Enough with these rematches on PPV, lets get some real matches.

BTW, Hatton is fighting Lazcano! Lazcano is washed up, if Hatton loses, it will be a huge black eye on his career. At the same time, wtf? putting him in with a tomato can.

Cotto would be the perfect opponent but I think Mayweather is avoiding him.

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You can't blame the ref for getting knocked out.

Anywho, I would love to see a Cotto/Mayweather match up for sure. Floyd was interviewed the other day on Jim Rome is Burning about fighting Cotto and it was apparent that Mayweather is only interested in the fight if he gets a big audience (read:payout), something he believes he can't get from a fighter like Cotto.

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You can't blame the ref for getting knocked out.

That's true, but who knows the KO might never have happened if Cortez allowed Hatton to get a rhythm together. Everytime he tried to unload on Mayweather, the ref stepped in as if he was protecting him. The commentators were all over Cortez for that.

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I really only remember the match being stopped once and that was for Hatton hitting Mayweather in the back of the head, which I never saw on the replay either. I really don't think it mattered if Hatton got into a rhythm, Mayweather was just landing his punches and was too quick for Hatton.

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You can't blame the ref for getting knocked out.

Anywho, I would love to see a Cotto/Mayweather match up for sure. Floyd was interviewed the other day on Jim Rome is Burning about fighting Cotto and it was apparent that Mayweather is only interested in the fight if he gets a big audience (read:payout), something he believes he can't get from a fighter like Cotto.

Cotto is the latest Puerto Rican boxing hero, surely the money would be good. Wouldn't be nearly as good as fighting DLH but sometimes you need to think about your sport first. This is where boxing needs reform.

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