Canelo: Hatton pressured Mayweather, but made mistakes coming in too open
Unified light-middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has hinted that Ricky Hatton may have had the right gameplan when fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2007, but ultimately admits the British legend’s defence let him down as he slumped to a ten-round defeat.
Hatton was in his prime when challenging Mayweather for his WBC welterweight at the MGM Grand, and Alvarez has been reliving the performance of the ‘Hitman’ as he himself prepares to try to end the best unbeaten run in the business this weekend.
“Yeah, you know, I’ve studied the fight and I’ve seen what he (Hatton) did and he kept coming in,” stated Alvarez. “He kept coming in and pressuring Floyd and throwing a lot of punches, but I felt that he kept coming in a little too open and he was getting caught with many punches coming in, especially the right hand, and obviously, finally with the left hook that caught him and got him out of there. But I think that he made mistakes; he made mistakes by coming in wide open.”
Alvarez, 23, allured to the possibility of adopting similar tactics against the 36 year-old veteran on Saturday night, but believes one style of fighting and hunting a KO will not be enough to put a dent in Mayweather’s 44-0 record.
“I think that when you get up in the ring there’s not one specific thing you’ve got to look out for. You’ve got to be ready for everything because one punch is all it takes to lose the fight, so you’ve got to be ready for everything.
“I think any way to win the fight, any punch that might stop the fight is going to be good. I can’t really say too much. I can’t really predict it. I mean the most important thing is to go with my game plan and try to win the fight and see what happens.
“I’m working hard. I’m working hard for this fight. Obviously, one punch, yes one punch can change everything, but I’m working hard, and I’m doing my game plan for this fight, and anything can happen. You really don’t know.
“I think that any fighter has the ability to hurt anybody. If they catch you with the perfect punch they can hurt anybody even if it’s a fighter that they say doesn’t have any power or any strength. If it’s the right punch it can hurt anybody so that’s why you always have to be ready. You have to be up there and you have to be ready,” he added.
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