The man known as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, Floyd Mayweather Jr., a.k.a "Pretty Boy Floyd", a.k.a. "The Face of Boxing", has come out of retirement since his victory over Oscar De La Hoya in May.
That didn’t last long, huh?
Saturday’s fight against Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton—the 140-pound British champion, is building up to be a colossal fight.
The championship fight is being promoted as “Undefeated” since the fighters come in with a combined record of 81-0, and 55 knockouts between them.
Mayweather Jr. entertains and makes big bank. Some of the fans are mesmerized with Floyd’s skills, others hate him and watch in hopes that he loses. But they are all watching.
Floyd’s fights may gross over $200 million in pay-per-views revenue in 2007 alone and fill thousands of Las Vegas hotel rooms. He’s on track to make $50 million this year.
Celebrities are flocking to Vegas, Baby--to see and be seen. Any number of parties and concerts are being held to entertain everyone after the final bell rings.
The fight sold out in about a half-hour, ringing up more than $10 million. Already, 18,000 closed-circuit tickets have been sold in Las Vegas.
Sponsors are beating the door down hoping to attach their names to the bout.
Hatton appears to be growing tired of hearing about Mayweather Jr.’s disrespect for his track record and skills.
Ricky wants to knock Floyd the heck out. But this one may go the full distance with unanimous decision going to Mayweather.
Two mega-stars in the boxing community, who both come in with perfect records. It is sure to be one of the best matches in a long, long while.
By Jay Hicks, aka Track Evangelist