Hitman Hatton: Mayweather took Maidana lightly before – not this time

Hatton, who shared the ring with ‘Money’ in 2007 losing in ten rounds, believes Mayweather was guilty of over-confidence the first time around and says a much better performance is on the cards in Las Vegas.

“For me, nobody thought Maidana could have pushed Floyd so close as he did and I think Floyd’s problem was he maybe thought the same,” Hatton exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Floyd has been involved in so many mega fights and massive events that I think he took Maidana a bit lightly and that reflected in how close the fight was.”

Mayweather is a 1/7 on favourite to overcome his 45th career opponent this weekend to move his record to 47-0 and 35 year-old Hatton can see a more focused display from the five-weight world title holder.

“I think this time around he’ll be on the money and will win impressively. Floyd will want to make a statement in the rematch and I think that means we will see a better Floyd Mayweather,” added Hatton.

Maidana, 31, has himself stated that the lack of a full camp and family matters had a bearing on his own abilities in the May clash, meaning if both have a lot more to give and able to show it in the rematch, the fans will be in for a even better encounter.

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