Bentex, get a load of this contest. Its almost on par with my earlier Fight of the Millenium (between Calzaghe & Kessler) last month. Another masterclass of undefeated boxing on the line.
2007 was a great revival for boxing. In Las Vegas, the boxing illuminaries all showed up in full regalia to celebrate the great annals in this new millenium's great fights - this contest will crown a great year in the sport.
All the masters showed up at a wild and electric weigh-in (only 6,000 were allowed in and 2,000 were locked out): Oscar de la Hoya, Juan-Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Shane Mosley and this year's super-champion darling of boxing Joe Calzaghe (the winner of Fight of the Millenium Edition I). I picked Calzaghe to win that bout.
: glamorous MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
: the "pound-per-pound
" best fighter alive in our era, perhaps the greatest of the great - Floyd Mayweather Jr (38-0 24 KOs). He is indisputably the most elite boxer of contemporary times and installed as a 2-1 heavy favorite...
.. and ..
the "pride of England
" devestatingly effective Ricky Hatton (43-0, 31 KOs).
Hatton's followers waited 8 hours to get a glimpse of the weigh-in. There was so much European and British in-draw to the theater that the legends, Tom Jones will sing the British national anthem prior to annoucements and boxing's own legendary annoucer Micheal Buffer had this say to screams of approval: "he last time this many Brits invaded America it was 1812.”
"All Americans will be Hatton fans as soon as they know Ricky," said Trevor Smith, a pint-wielding businessman from Manchester who flew into Vegas without a fight ticket simply for the fun of it. "He's a people's champion. Nobody loves Floyd like we love Ricky -- not even his mum."
If Hatton can upset Mayweather, that would be a major victory for European boxing on the world stage. I'm going to don the Union Jack for this one.