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Ricky Hatton to face Floyd Mayweather later this year

 A verbal deal has been struck between Floyd Mayweather and Ricky Hatton for a bout later this year.

Ricky Hatton to face Floyd Mayweather later this year The father of Ricky Hatton, Ray, is claiming that a verbal contract has been struck between his son and Floyd Mayweather for a fight later this year. No signature have been put on paper yet, but the lawyers of the two fighters have agreed on the financial side of the deal, and the fight will likely take place towards the end of 2007, with most likely dates November 10th or December 8th in Las Vegas.

 Ricky Hatton demolished Jose Luis Castillo for the IBO lightweight title in June 24th and announced his desire to fight Mayweather. Floyd Mayweather on the other side initially insisted that his victory over Oscar de la Hoya last month would be his final bout. But his representatives flew Ricky Hatton and his lawyer to Vegas last week for the Bernard Hopkins - Winky Wright fight, and to talk about a future bout between Hatton and Mayweather.

 Ray Hatton said the negotiations last week left the two sides far apart on the financial side of the fight, but a deal has been finally reached over the phone in recent days. It's been speculated that Ricky Hatton will bulk up to meet Floyd Mayweather at higher higher weight.

Published on 07/28/2007

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