Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Ricky Hatton
2007-12-08 : Floyd Mayweather Jr 147 lbs beat Ricky Hatton 145 lbs by TKO at 1:35 in round 10 of 12
- Location: MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Joe Cortez
- Judge: Paul Smith 88-82
- Judge: Dave Moretti 89-81
- Judge: Burt A. Clements 89-81
Hatton was very aggressive early and controlled the tempo of the fight. Hatton had the upper-hand for the first few rounds, but Mayweather adjusted and started having success pot-shotting Hatton. Mayweather landed a right hand that opened a cut over Hatton's right eye in round three. Hatton had success in the first minute of round four as he continued to apply pressure, but Mayweather landed some clean shots that hurt Hatton as the round progressed. Hatton had a strong round five as he struck at Mayweather on the ropes, but Mayweather was able to use his forearms and elbows to frustrate Hatton's ability to score any clean shots. Mayweather's defensive ability prevented Hatton from scoring any power shots to the head or trademark hooks to the body. In the next round, referee Joe Cortez took a point from Hatton for hitting Mayweather on the back of the head. Mayweather had a big round eight landing many clean shots and continued to pull away by outboxing Hatton in the ninth round as Hatton began to wear down. Mayweather closed the show in round ten, starting when he caught Hatton coming in with a left hook that sent him crashing face first against the padding of the corner post before collapsing flat on his back and slamming hard into the canvas. Hatton got to his feet at the count of eight, and when he got up, Mayweather quickly came in and took advantage throwing in a couple of more shots to the face. At that moment, Joe Cortez called a halt to the action. Hatton, still dazed, took a step back and fell back down.
- Mayweather continuing to fight despite announcing his retirement after the Oscar De La Hoya fight. Mayweather has now said he will retire for two years before making a comeback.
- Mayweather entered the ring to the Bruce Springsteen song 'Born in the USA'
- The fight generated 850,000 pay-per-view buys and $47 million in pay-per-view revenue.
- Both boxers came into the fight with undefeated records.
- This was Ricky Hatton's second fight at welterweight.
- Mandatory defense for Mayweather
- Mayweather defends his Ring Magazine welterweight world title.
- Tickets were priced at $1,000, $750, $600, $300 and $150 and went on sale Monday September 17th at 10am PT.
- A media tour took place before the fight with the following stops:
Monday, September 17 - Los Angeles, CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood
Tuesday September 18 - Grand Rapids, Ottawa Hills High School
Wednesday, September 19 - New York City, Rockefeller Plaza, Center Garden
Thursday, September 20 - London, England, O2 Arena, Vue Theater
Friday, September 21 - Manchester, England, Town Hall