Ricky Hatton is still haunted by the “embarrassing” refereeing performance he feels robbed him of a fair fight with Floyd Mayweather.
On December 8, 2007 the brilliant Manchester fighter took his army of fans to Las Vegas for the biggest fight of his career against one of history’s greatest boxing brains.
The plan was to bankrupt the Money Man with his typical marching pressure style and and trademark crippling body blows.
But Joe Cortez – the infamous official who ran Conor McGregor’s sparring bouts with Paulie Malignaggi most recently – wrecked the Hitman’s gameplan before he was stopped in round 10.
Despite taking a boxing icon into the championship rounds and becoming a sporting national treasure, that painful night in Sin City still stings.