Must've been a slow news day in the U.K

Steve Cofield

I love The Sun and its exquisite reporting. Take the N.Y. Post, in terms of sensationalism, and multiply it by 10. There you have The Sun. A recent story about Ricky Hatton and a possible mixed martial arts career is a prime example. The blaring headline reads: "Hatton 'tempted' by UFC switch."

I was hooked. I read the story and it says nothing of the sort. In fact, every Hatton quote dispels the notion that there's any chance that the multimillionaire boxer would make the dramatic switch to mixed martial arts:

"MMA is a little bit brutal, and I’d say I’m a brutal fighter. But boxing is very much my sport and I’d like to think I have a few more years in that yet.”

Put some thought to it. The top level UFC stars make at best $1.5 million for each of their fights. Hatton just banked $20-25 million for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and will probably make more in his May fight against Manny Pacquiao. If he wins that fight and re-matches against Mayweather, up the total salary in 2009 to $50 million.