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The writer was talking about FMW letting Cotto hang around for 12 rnds, not Hatton.

Posted August 30, 2012 7:48 am 


He said that about Cotto, not Hatton.

Posted August 30, 2012 7:47 am 


Meant to say jr welterweight, not jr middleweight for that 1st fight.

Posted August 30, 2012 12:17 am 


There is no way in hell Hatton should fight any of these guys next. He desperately needs to knock off some ring rust. I would stay away from Malignaggi in that 1st comeback fight. Let’s face it, his comeback fight will sell regardless of who it’s against. I say he should make a top 20-30 ranked jr middleweight move up to fight him at 147. I’m thinking of someone like Keizer Mabuza or Demarcus Corley. If he’s successful, then he can try his hand at defeating the skilled, but light-hitting Malignaggi. With two wins and some much-needed confidence, then he can start thinking about Khan, Mayweather or Pacquiao. A fight vs Khan in England would be awesome.

Posted August 30, 2012 12:16 am 


If Ricky thinks he can go with any of the three fighters mentioned in this article he is sadly mistaken, I like Ricky and his win against Kostya Tszyu will be etched in our minds forever. However, I think for his sake he should stay retired

Posted August 29, 2012 9:05 pm 


If Hatton was willing to fight at 154, Cotto would probably oblige him.. Cotto would smash Hatton with brutal efficiency at that weight. The kind of boxing techniques Hatton was beginning to learn with the Malignaggi camp, Cotto has been mastering for 13 years.

Posted August 29, 2012 8:00 pm 


Hatton would have to win several fights before he could be matched with Mayweather. That would take a couple years at least. Floyd is likely to have only a couple more fights before he signs off. They’ll likely be Martinez and Pacquiao. Guys like Hatton would be going backwards …. Likewise, Pacquiao would have no interest in Hatton 2. He’s looking to finish his career as well.

Posted August 29, 2012 7:50 pm 

joe 712

are you for real like I said before ricky hatton in his prime over rated a bum. cotto. will knock his head back to England. bad match up for hatton ………….

Posted August 29, 2012 7:49 pm 


Yes, Mayweather did stop Hatton in the 10th when Ricky was in his prime. But if Ricky can come back strong and with his trademark work rate still in tact he has every chance of over turning the odds in a Mayweather rematch. Now, admittedly i am a big Hatton fan, i am under no illusion. Floyd is a sensational fighter and one Hatton would be outclassed by in his first fighting return to the ring. Hatton would without question need tune up fights. Mallignaggi is one candidate, holder of a belt and sits on the outskirts of true world class.

However is everyone overrating Floyd? He is still without question one of the best there is, but age is becoming a factor. He has shown his legs aren’t half what they used to be. His more ‘entertaining’ approach to more recent fights are merely his age becoming a factor. Mayweather is a world class operator even on a bad day, but Hattons style would grind Floyds planted legs down. Im not arguing that Floyd wouldnt catch Hatton, though i am arguing that Hattons old relentless pressure (IF he is still capable) would double his chances of defeating Floyd.

Posted August 29, 2012 7:05 pm 


cotto will destroy him

Posted August 29, 2012 6:56 pm 


Hatton does need a big name, but this would be the wrong approach. What you do is have a fight card where Hatton and a fellow top guy take tune up fights with both guys facing each other if they both win. That way Ricky can have a tune up before the big fight, and at the same time the big fight gets the promotion it needs even before the event.

Posted August 29, 2012 6:39 pm 


Let’s see him fight Khan! and let’s see if Khan has learned his lesson about sticking his face out!

Posted August 29, 2012 6:03 pm 

Mr Jack

Hatton coming back to face May, Cotto, or Pac would be really dangerous for him. He hasn’t fought in years and even though he is losing weight, his body body would not be conditioned to take face any of those guys. Hatton would be beat up pretty thoroughly and could suffer long term damage.

Posted August 29, 2012 4:48 pm 

Fight Aficionado

MR BILL good to see you back at ESB. You’re one of a handful of old school ESBers I’ve been missing lately. We got a lot of douchebags who’ve replaced you guys. Stick around, we need to dilute the pool

Posted August 29, 2012 4:46 pm 

boob man

I agree completely and I think malignaggi would be game! Hatton was a great fighter so what if he lost to the two best fighters in the world almost all boxers lose at some point, he beat everyone else he fought, Some good names he beat too! and he was a likable charachter so good for the sport, Come back hatton.

Posted August 29, 2012 4:32 pm 

philly shell

Floyd DIDN’T “let Hatton hang around for the full 12 rounds” – he TKO’d him in 10 rounds. If the writer is trying to say Floyd WOULD let him hang around, that’s different, but not what was written (or it was written poorly). But being that Hatton is coming off not just a long layoff, but a retirement, he’s likely to be rusty and less competitive than before. Malignaggi is a good choice for Ricky because he has a belt, wants a rematch with Hatton, and Hatton could shake off some ring rust before going for one of the top dogs – if he’s still at that level.

Posted August 29, 2012 4:26 pm 


you can learn some things in sparring if you are honest with yourself and have the guys sparring you do “honest work” ie, try to take your head off sometimes. Hatton should be able to find out where he is in sparring (if he hasnt already) if he is at a point that he thinks he likely can’t beat Paulie (which is what the writer suggests) than he should not come back and fight anyone, because if he is that far gone than all the names mentioned would really blow him out of the water. If he is so far gone than he won’t last 12 with Mayweather. He didnt last 12 with him last time…although, the idea that Mayweather totally “let” cotto hang around is one thing that lets me know this writer isnt serious on any level. Anyhow…if Hatton can get back to a level of fighting that he was at for say, the Mayweather fight, and if he can work with someone who can tighten some things up..make him a slightly better figther than he was for that fight (he isnt going to become a totally knew fighter at this level). Than I say come back and try for 4 fights..maybe, Paulie, Khan, than a Cotto fight..and if he can beat Cotto..which is unlikely for even the best Hatton with improvements..than try a Mayweather….but honestly…Paulie and Khan victories would help to raise his historic standing up some..and the Khan fight could make him some good money.

Posted August 29, 2012 1:45 pm 


LHatton always been a over rated bum. Cottowill knock his head back to England for sure so stay retire you bum. :mrgreen:

Posted August 29, 2012 1:12 pm 


Ricky Hatton can not recover from a good shot, all the fighters mentioned would nail him and stop him…EVERY one of them. This is a bad idea, he was nowhere near the elite when he fought them, how can he be now? Khan (who i still say has a future) would cut him up, and im not even gonna mention Mayweather, Cotto and Marquez. Malinaggi is being mentioned because he doesn’t knock people out. not gonna happen anyway

Posted August 29, 2012 1:00 pm 

Jake Lead Rights

Who is this writer that says Floyd let him hang around for 12 rounds. Floyd Knocked him the F out with a picture perfect text book check hook in the 10th.

Posted August 29, 2012 12:55 pm 


Anyone of these fighters would dominate Hatton, with the most interesting fight would be Cotto, unless DeLaHoya makes a comeback too.

Posted August 29, 2012 11:58 am 


Hatton – go back to the Pub, you’re done

Posted August 29, 2012 11:57 am 

The Kingslayer

Khan would embarrass Ricky at this stage, way too fast and athletic for Hatton to deal with.

Posted August 29, 2012 11:37 am 


I say Khan is the safest bout all Ricky has to do is crack his chin

Posted August 29, 2012 11:16 am 

The Kingslayer

This is such a bad idea I really hope Ricky doesn’t return.

Posted August 29, 2012 10:42 am 

The Pinoy Pikey

What? Sure. Ricky Hatton needs a comeback fight against Khan, Cotto, or Floyd (Floyd???????….LOL), in the same way that a dehaydrated, famished “Larwence of Arabia” needs to travel another 300 miles across the desert, after running out of water and his camel dies???? How about a Luis Collazo–I can imagine that!

Posted August 29, 2012 10:33 am 


What evidence….I mean real true evidence is there that Hatton will seek a comeback ………besides his much needed weight loss.? Has anyone heard Hatton say he’s coming back ???

Posted August 29, 2012 10:21 am 


Thank you. Glad I’m not the only one who sees that. And hell Vitali went against Sam Peter. He’s asking Hatton to go against the likes of Cotto or Floyd which is even a further stretch.

Posted August 29, 2012 10:09 am 

Dan D

Apart from Vitali Klitschko, I can’t think of anyone else to be honest.

Posted August 29, 2012 9:51 am 

Dan D

typo – Ricky. Rocky lol

Posted August 29, 2012 9:50 am 

Dan D

Unfortunately I kinda agree with this Mr Bill. Hattons has physical disadvantages such as reach and he doesnt carry weight too well. 140 was always his weight. That move to 147 was necer going to work against the elite of the division then, and it certainly wont now. I am still a big fan of Ricky and would love to see him come back and take on Malignaggi or Khan but I don’t think it is worth it to be unless Rocky wants to prove a point to himself (and as fans, we see how that works out 9 times out of 10)

Posted August 29, 2012 9:49 am 


For all that Hatton has gone through — mentally (the KO losses) and physically (the huge weight gain and now loss) — to throw him in with a big name right off the bat would be suicide. IF Hatton makes a return, you’d first throw him in with a light-punching boxer and then progressively work him back up to elite status. In Hatton’s case, I’d say at least 4-5 fights, at least. Look at Pavlik for an example of how it’s done.

Posted August 29, 2012 9:25 am 

Cheese Cake

Can’t be anything else! Mayweather let Hatton hang around for the full 12 rounds? Troll or incompetent…either way, ESB should ban him.

Posted August 29, 2012 9:08 am 


The fact that hatton is even considering a comeback is a joke .stay retired please. If you didn’t try to avenge your loss to manny then forget about it.

Posted August 29, 2012 8:55 am 

Chicago guy

Jailboy and Cotto can knock Hatton ass in six rounds but Khan-garoo will win by points because he is more faster.

Posted August 29, 2012 8:31 am 

Chicago guy

For money fight all the 3 stooges are really good for Hatton but i can’t see nothing that he can win. In my opinion if Hatton want to regain his boxing status he need to start all over again by fighting weaker opponent/s as tune up fight not jumping right away to fight a risky opponent that he can’t surely win.

Posted August 29, 2012 8:27 am 


hatton could fight me and sell out the MEN (i may only last about 15, 20 seconds) this writer doesn’t know what he is talking about and is just a cabbage

Posted August 29, 2012 8:16 am 


All three guys would KO him in two rounds! I mean two! Khan will win in 12

Posted August 29, 2012 8:03 am 


The guy is just getting back in the ring after a 3 year absence, a stint on drug rehab and getting back into shape. Wtf ia wrong with him taking a couple of tune up fights? Every fight doesn’t have to be a homerun. But then it is people like this author who wonder what is wrong with boxing.

Posted August 29, 2012 8:00 am 


Why do you think Hatton got shots at Pacquaio, Mayweather, Castillo etc. in the first place? Because Ricky brings the money himself. His fight against Mayweather broke every record Las Vegas had for beer sales. Hatton doesn’t need a comeback opponent at all as he’s stated that there won’t be a comeback (which makes me wonder why you’d bother to write this) but if he did it wouldn’t have to be a big name, just someone who he’d be capable of beating.

Posted August 29, 2012 7:46 am 


hi raygordonreid

Posted August 29, 2012 6:52 am 


In may 2012 Hatton was worth 26 millions £, so it could easily be 50 if all values were realized.

Posted August 29, 2012 6:51 am 


Hatton is staying retired and good on him. More than likely, he has gotten himself into shape to help with the depression and the boredom that comes from missing the game and not competing anymore. I hope Hatton stays retired, i was a big fan but he has nothing to prove. He got out at the right time. He was a 2-weight champion, got into many peoples P4P-top-10, made a lot of money and was only beaten by 2 of the best fighters of the last 20 years.

Posted August 29, 2012 6:50 am 


If the only goal is to generate money Hatton does not need anyone – he just needs to step into a ring again. Hatton has made so much money that I dont understand he wants to fight again. Maybe a soft farewall fight in is hometown and then back to one of his private beach-resorts around the world.

Posted August 29, 2012 6:44 am 



Posted August 29, 2012 6:34 am 


C’mon, let’s be fair…he’s a COKEHEAD.

Posted August 29, 2012 6:32 am 


Hatton lost to Floyd by TKO on round 10…it did not go to 12 rounds as this writter stated.

As for a comback fight; he doesn’t need an opponent with a big name, but rather he needs his head examine.

Posted August 29, 2012 5:55 am 


By the way. I like the new ESB site…but this “comments” page is definitely NOT as slick, and easy to use as the old one. A few aticles, for instance the Tyson/Holyfield legacy one, would have easily had hundreds of comments on the old site, but managed about 60 on this new set up. As a result, I bet the number of users has dropped significantly.

Posted August 29, 2012 5:27 am 


Malignaggi and then Khan. Paulie is feather fisted and has an alphabet strap, so is a perfect come back opponent – it’d sell out the MEN and give everyone a rough idea where Ricky’s at. Let Amir win his own come back fight in the mean time….then Khan/Hatton would be a mega fight in the UK….the winner takes on Cotto, Mayweather or Pacman.

Posted August 29, 2012 5:16 am 


Floyd would hurt Ricky if they fought again.

Posted August 29, 2012 4:58 am 


does he want a suicide?

Posted August 29, 2012 3:51 am 


Pardon the double post. Hit the key once…or so I thought! “gold” not “go”….time for me to hit the sack!

Posted August 29, 2012 2:18 am 


This author is a bit too concerned with big money fights for Hatton. Hatton isnt what you call, ‘needing for money.’ He’s needing for self confidence, confidence that a fighter loses, after getting KO’d devastatingly – twice! To make it worse, he was so very popular in his country, with that mauling signature style and his cool, down to earth, playful disposition. Hatton had complete confidence in that style of his, and it let him down – twice – in the worst way. It’ll be interesting to see how he tweaks or may dramatically change that style. Will he be successful the 2nd time around against marque opponents? I have no Idea. I know he’s skillful enough to beat average fighters, but his confidence might wane against better fighters that connect on his noggin often. I really liked his come forward style, thought it was effective, but didnt like the excessive holding & grabbing – when he did hold & grab. He made it seem he was limited and didnt have a plan B – just grab and hit till victory. As far as money is concerned, Hatton has loyal followers that will always pay good money to see him resurrect his career, even against not so big names. This seems to be, because he enjoys being involved with his everyday hometown folk. They genuinely seem to enjoy him and vise verse. Hopefully he’s made good investments with the good amount of money he’s already accumulated. I dont see money being the issue; his reinvented confidence and style is. Maybe after 2 tuneups he can try his hand against Bradley or Marquez, they don’t hit hard too hard and are skillful enough to pose a legitimate challenge.

Posted August 29, 2012 2:14 am 


Hatton already lost to both Mayweather and Pacman when he was not rusty. Admittedly the Mayweather loss was at Welter, and Hatton never had any snap at Welter. As for Cotto, a peak Hatton may well have beaten him, but coming off a 3 year layoff, no way! Hatton needs to fight a trialhorse first, then a fringe contender, if he comes through those, only then aim for a big name. Obviously Khan would bring in the most money!

Posted August 29, 2012 1:49 am 


hatton vs marquez

Posted August 29, 2012 1:07 am 


why not marquez hatton

Posted August 29, 2012 1:04 am 


a fight with cotto in nyc or a fight with piss drinker in mexico, make it happen

Posted August 29, 2012 1:02 am 

Shadow Brawler

Cotto fights all the big names.. Now that he’s a free agent I think he would definitely take this fight and win!

Posted August 29, 2012 12:08 am 


Hatton needs to go for the big bucks fights? Mind you, fights that he is in no way ready for, or deserves at this point. Ricky Hatton will only get his deflated ego, driven into the ground by taking a big money fight at this time. No one wants to see that. I know I don’t.

Posted August 28, 2012 11:29 pm 


This author is controversy looking. Everyone knows if Hatton came back it would have to be a few 10 rounders with journeyman to shake off the rust. And after all that he would have to fight at 140 to be competetive with the elite and I doubt he can safely make that weight.

Posted August 28, 2012 11:24 pm 


Floyd would beat Ricky senseless at this point. Hatton needs a nice easy Manchester freebie to begin with. Then actually fight someone who stands a chance of making him headbutt the ringpost.

Posted August 28, 2012 11:19 pm 


Uhhggg. :???:

Posted August 28, 2012 10:45 pm 


He could take Khan if he trained and was motivated like his life depended on it AND if Khan is not 100% confident. He’d either get a TKO with body shots or wear him down with them and then get the KO to that glass chin.

Cotto or Mayweather… lol, NO.

Posted August 28, 2012 10:41 pm 


A Floyd Mayweather would be ridiculously stupid for Hatton… Nobody would give Hatton a prayer because he got killed before after a very bad beating.. Even Khan, Brook, Garcia, or Holt would be dumb matchups for Ricky right now. He’s already beaten Malignaggi easily so that fight makes no sense …. I would make sure he’s in super perfect condition, under the guidance of a top notch trainer, and match him with Campbell, Morales, or Soto. Hatton is still young enough to come back. Vitali Klitschko came back at 37 after 4 years away from anything to do with boxing. But Hatton needs a good test fight before he climbs up the rungs of the ladder, and that’s what Campbell, Morales, or Soto would do for him. To see what he has left … Hatton could be better than ever but you can’t tell before he has that one fight … Hatton’s best pure boxing effort was vs Malignaggi because Ricky had a damned good technical trainer teaching him how to jab, how to counter the jab, how to take his time and use the ring and footwork, how to be patient, how to keep his distance and get great range on his jab, all the things great boxers spends years and years and years learning to master. But Malignaggi can’t punch. The first time Pacquiao hit Ricky really hard, all the technical stuff Floyd Sr. taught him in 2 training camps when right out the window. Hatton reverted back to the old Ricky. All that new technical stuff doesn’t become instnctive for a couple years at the fastest — so Pac was the worst possible opponent at the worst possible time.

Posted August 28, 2012 10:37 pm 


Umm…Hatton didn’t get to hear the bell that ends the 10th round. How did Mayweather let him hang around for 12?!?

Posted August 28, 2012 10:32 pm 

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