It has been reported in the UK that Ricky Hatton has been offered a multi-million dollar deal to fight Erik Morales sometime later this year.
According to the Daily Mail, Hatton was ringside at the Amir Khan vs Paul McCloskey fight in Manchester when Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions suggested the match up. Former light-welterweight champion and Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year Hatton has not fought since being knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in May 2009.
Erik Morales is in the middle of his own comeback, having recently fought Marcos Maidana in a terrific scrap. Although Morales lost on points, "El Terrible" still looks the business and would have the skills to trouble a number of fighters in the lightweight/light-welterweight division.
The timing of these reports are all the more strange considering the fact that Hatton announced last week that he was effectively retired.
The problems to consider before the fight can even go ahead are numerous. First, Hatton needs to regain his boxing licence, which was revoked by the BBBofC last year due to allegations of substance abuse after the end of his fight career. The second is Hatton's notorious weight problems, which can see him balloon after fights from the 140-lb light-welterweight limit to as much as 180 lbs.
Even if the fight were to go ahead, Hatton would most likely need a tune-up bout before facing Morales. Being out of the ring for nearly two and a half years would work against Hatton and could see him being beaten badly by the rugged Mexican.
Hatton doesn't need to fight anymore. His promotion company is doing well and his stable has acquired some decent boxers including Rendall Munroe, Denton Vassell and his brother Matthew Hatton.
For Morales, the fight makes little sense other than making a good deal of money. There are bigger challenges out there than Hatton, including a rematch against Maidana. But the pay-per-view sales from a fight with Hatton are likely to be far more profitable than from a rematch against Maidana.
Does Morales really want to fight a boxer who is coming off two heavy defeats and a long period away from the game? Most probably not, but unfortunately money talks and Hatton is a still very a popular fighter with a big following.
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