Hatton keen on PBF rematch
Ricky Hatton is eyeing a potential rematch with Floyd Mayweather despite suffering a knockout defeat to the WBC welterweight champion.
By Tony Curtis
Last Updated: 17/12/07 10:15am
Ricky Hatton is eyeing a potential rematch with Floyd Mayweather despite suffering a tenth-round knockout to the WBC welterweight champion.
Despite a brave performance from the Hitman, Mayweather was just too classy and floored Hatton twice en route to victory.
Hatton's camp have already made noises about returning to the 10st division, with Junior Witter and Paulie Malignaggi already throwing their hats into the ring.
Oscar De La Hoya has also reaffirmed that he could be tempted by a meeting with the Hitman, however it is a rematch with Pretty Boy Floyd that Ricky really desires.
And despite suffering his first knockout of his career, Hatton insists he has no fear about going toe-to-toe with Mayweather again.
He told Sky Sports News: "It depends what fights are offered to me now.
"There is talk of the de la Hoya fight, which could be at a catchweight of 10st 10lbs, or a rematch could be in the offing, or there are these fights at light-welterweight. I just need to sit down with my team and make up my mind.
"My best attribute is that I am fearless. I think that it was working and up until the sixth-round stage, I think there wasn't a lot in it.
"Then I lost my way, lost my rag on a few occasions, got a point taken off and when I tried to force the issue, I obviously got knocked out.
"I've got positives to take from the fight but ultimately I'm very, very disappointed - however like any good champion I will bounce back."
Although upset at the loss, Hatton paid tribute to the support he received from a vocal British following in Las Vegas.
He added: "It was a bit of a disappointment but I think the way the fans were afterwards cushioned the blow.
"It doesn't matter how many belts you have won, or titles that you win, or fights unbeaten you are, I think that any fighter would give their right arm for support like that."