Mayweather eyeing Hatton rematch

FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR has approached Ricky Hatton’s team about a possible rematch in 2009, according to the Englishman’s camp.

Mancunian Hatton suffered his only professional defeat at the hands of pound-for-pound king Mayweather a year ago, being comprehensively beaten inside 10 rounds in Las Vegas.

The 30-year-old two-weight world champion has spoken of his desire for a rematch with Mayweather, who retired after the victory.

Recent rumours have suggested Mayweather has been preparing to return to the ring, and Hatton’s lawyer Gareth Williams yesterday said the American has indicated Hatton may get his wish.

However, Hatton’s priority remains a showdown with Manny Pacquiao, who inherited Mayweather’s status as the world’s leading fighter.

But Hatton’s lawyer and advisor Williams revealed that while Hatton is still hoping to face Pacquiao — though negotiations have not started, contrary to promoter Bob Arum’s claims — Mayweather is also an option.

“Every light-welterweight in the world wants to fight Hatton,” he said.

“We’ve had approaches from everybody. We’ve also had approaches from people at 130lbs, Juan (Manuel) Marquez and Juan Diaz both want to fight him.

“We’ve also had approaches from Mayweather to have a rematch with him. He wants to fight Ricky. But the fight we want to make, our preference, is Manny Pacquiao because we think that is a great fight.”

Pacquiao comprehensively dismantled the legendary De La Hoya to seemingly pave the way for a meeting with Hatton. However, it was then claimed Mayweather was considering a comeback and may have jumped ahead of the Briton in the queue.

Arum, the Filipino fighter’s promoter, had claimed that negotiations were under way with Hatton’s team.

But Williams said: “He’s not talked to us at all. We’re happy to fight Pacquiao but it has to be on our terms.

“We won’t be bullied or forced into any decision that is not on our terms.

“We’ve had no contact whatsoever with him. That is the fight we want to make but we’ve got other options, we will do what is best for us.”

Hatton’s father Ray confirmed they had been “sounded out” by a third party on behalf of Mayweather.

“We’ve had approaches from different things, two or three other fighters as well. It’s a nice position that people are asking us.

“Manny Pacquiao is now regarded as pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world and that’s a fight Ricky would like.

“I know fans would like to see it,” he added.

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