Uncle Roger Has Faith In Floyd

By Francis Walker
Updated: December 2, 2007

NEW YORK — Floyd Mayweather’s highly anticipated fight with Ricky Hatton is less than a week away. Mayweather (38-0, 24 KOs) and Hatton (43-0, 31 KOs) will lure thousands of fight fans and the sports world to the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on Saturday, December 8.

The world will be watching as Mayweather risks his WBC welterweight championship and unbeaten record against Hatton, an unbeaten two-division champion from Britain. “Undefeated: Mayweather vs. Hatton” will be available on HBO Pay-Per-View at a suggested retail of $54.95.

Mayweather is recognized by many as being the best fighter in the world “Pound-for-Pound.” No other fighter in their prime possesses the same hand speed, quickness, defensive skills, and combination punching efficiency like Mayweather.

Mayweather is on the verge of becoming one of the greatest fighters of his era. Mayweather is building a legacy, but his trainer and uncle Roger Mayweather doesn’t believe a victory against Hatton will add to the Pretty Boy’s growing legacy.

“Floyd will want to seal his legacy — he don’t want to see a legacy and saying he wasn’t great,” Roger Mayweather said during a recent conference call. “Floyd don’t want to see a legacy to say that he was great because he whooped Ricky Hatton’s ass. That isn’t what he wants to fill his legacy with.

Mayweather won his first world title in only his 18th professional bout. Two years after turning professional at age 19, Mayweather forced Genaro Hernandez to quit on his stool after the eighth round to win the WBC super featherweight title in October 1998.

Now 30, Mayweather’s Hall of Fame career consists of career-defining victories against Oscar De La Hoya, Diego Corrales, Jose Luis Castillo, Zab Judah, Sharmba Mitchell, Angel Manfredy, Arturo Gatti, and Jesus Chavez. Overall, Mayweather has competed in 20 world title fights and has won five division championships (130, 135, 140, 147, and 154).

“If Floyd quit today,” Roger continued, “if he quite today in boxing Floyd will be known as the greatest fighter ever that put them (expletive) gloves on. He will be known as the greatest fighter ever because ain’t no guy in history ever won six world championships in five different weight classes and still remain champion – and still remain champion ain’t nobody ever did it and retire undefeated. Nobody’s ever done it.”

Mayweather shouldn’t underestimate Hatton

Mayweather is a terrific fighter, but he should not underestimate Hatton, a 29 year-old from Manchester, England. Hatton ended Kostya Tszyu’s reign as the world junior welterweight champion in June 2005 after Tszyu quit on his stool in the eleventh round of an epic battle to win the IBF title.

After unifying the IBF/WBA 140-pound titles by knocking out Carlos Maussa (KO 7) in November 2005, Hatton struggled in his WBA welterweight title victory against Luis Collazo (W 12) in May 2006. Hatton didn’t look very impressive in a decision win over Juan Urango (W 12) in January 2007.

Hatton did KO Castillo, a fighter whom Mayweather fought twice and was taken the 12-round distance by. However, Hatton dominated a 33 year-old Castillo, who appeared to be “shot” after 16 years of wars including a pair of brutal battles with the late Diego Corrales in 2005.

Hatton is hungry and is determined to establish his own legacy by beating Floyd.