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

Former Floyd Mayweather opponent and two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton is positive that his one-time nemesis will come through the impending return with rugged challenger Marcos Maidana on Saturday night.

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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