Where: MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas
When: December 8th, 2007
Purse: ~$25 mil
When Mayweather met with Hatton in the ring, there was more than just that single fight on the line.
In boxing, the undefeated record is revered.
And at times, it is probably to a fault. So many fighters and promoters act in fear of losing their undefeated record, they may not aggressively pursue tough matchups. A lot of UFC and MMA fans will claim this is what separates their sport from boxing.
But when you ultimately do get the big matchups, it makes the buildup worth it.
Take Mayweather vs. Hatton, for example. When the two undefeated giants faced each other, it felt fulfilling. This was a fight that happened at the right place, at the right time.
And Mayweather delivered on one of his best performances of his career. In every single facet of the fight, he was the better man. When Floyd’s name is brought up in the GOAT discussion, this is a fight that stands high on his resume.