Former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton took to Twitter on Thursday to vent his frustration at what he sees as praise for the recent ‘super-fight’ between ex-opponents Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Despite Hatton losing to both towards the end of his ring career, the now-trainer looked forward to the fight on May 2 as much as any fan. But upon witnessing some comments on social media, the fan-friendly ‘Hitman’ was obviously not amused as his response suggested.
“Some t**s on here. If you think that was a good night for boxing. If you thought we all got value for money, then you need to check your boxing knowledge,” said a frustrated Hatton.
“Yes, they both knocked me out. But the prices, the entertainment value of the fight, and no mention of an injury beforehand, if that was good for our sport, then boxing should get their new reporters and pundits from Twitter!”
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The half-a-billion-dollar pay-per-view event has faced fierce criticism. It comes in the wake of Pacquiao admitting that he went into the contest with a shoulder injury that ultimately hampered his ability to perform at his best. He lost on points to Mayweather.
Since then, fans and bars in the US have filed lawsuits against Pacquiao and his representatives. They seek to gain damages for the deception, as plenty of those involved in the bout knew about the problem before the first bell rang in anger.
The views of a great ex-fighter like Hatton are not uncommon in some quarters. Talk of a potential rematch has been scoffed at by a section of the boxing fraternity.
Many of those who paid for the event believe there is nothing left to see between the two best boxers of their generation.