The majority of the experts had Floyd Mayweather winning this fight, but almost no one expected previously undefeated Ricky Hatton to go out like THAT!
If you didn’t see the fight last night, you missed a great one. Mayweather and Hatton traded some great shots (and at one point, after Hatton lost a point due to hitting Mayweather in the back of the head, Hatton turned his back to Mayweather and shook his butt at him, which was both immature and awesome at the same time).
Hatton kept trying to press the issue, but when he did, Mayweather just pressed his fist into Hatton’s face. I mean, holy crap, the guy was already British, so he wasn’t the best looking guy to begin with, but his face looked like crap after about the 5th round.
The knockout itself was a thing of beautiful hilarity. The first knockdown -- only the 2nd time Hatton had been down in his career -- was on a perfect left hook, and resulted in what I’d call a “Video Game fall”. You know how in “Fight Night” sometimes a guy will fall in a way that seems to defy both logic and the laws of physics. Well, when Mayweather hit Hatton with that left, he spun Hatton into a 180, then Hatton fell face first into the corner post (which couldn’t have helped his coherence). It was HILARIOUS to see in slow-mo -- I never though I’d see a knockdown like that outside a video game, much less in a major title fight.
Hatton valiantly got up, but he wasn’t really in the fight anymore. A few quick punches later, the ref stepped in to stop the fight, but it was about a second or two too late, as Hatton was on his way to the canvas again. In fact, Hatton didn’t actually fall until about 2 or 3 seconds after Mayweather had last hit him, making for a funny scene in which the ref had separated the fighters, Hatton’s corner had thrown in the towel, and THEN Hatton went down on his back.
The only thing that sucks is that if you didn’t see the fight on Pay-Per-View, you won’t be able to see more than 30 seconds of it until it’s re-aired on HBO, and even then, not that many people get HBO, relative to the total number of TV owners in America. That’s the biggest problem with boxing right now. A great fight like this went unseen by so many sports fans, because they didn’t want to shell out $50 to see it. And honestly, I don’t blame them. I don’t pay anything extra to see the Super Bowl or the NBA Finals. Why would I pay for a boxing match?