I think Hatton knows now that there's no reason to go up to 147 anymore, not even for Oscar. Hatton would get crushed, so it looks like he'll spend the rest of his career lording over 140 until he decides to finally call it quits, which includes a potential showdown with Manny Pacquiao in the future. I don't mind this at all, DLH/Hatton wouldn't interest me anyway.
For the record, the rumor with Oscar's wife is that she didn't want him to fight any Puerto Rican fighters, seeing as how she's Puerto Rican herself, but I don't think that's gonna matter much if Cotto becomes available for a December fight. I don't know if Oscar's still gonna want to fight twice more, because it doesn't look like he can get a real name opponent in time for September other than possibly Sergio Mora.
So it looks like Hatton's onto Malignaggi then, but if he beats Paulie, what next for him? Witter's out of the picture for the meantime, Pacquiao still has to prove himself at lightweight, let alone super lightweight, especially when a third huge money megafight with Juan Manuel Marquez comes up as an option. I think for the moment, all Hatton could do until a megafight comes along is to consolidate himself at the top of 140. Hatton/Ricardo Torres is a guaranteed action fight, provided Torres gets by Kendall Holt. And if he beats Malignaggi, he inherits Herman Ngoudjo as his IBF mandatory. And considering Timothy Bradley took out Junior Witter, he's an pretty good option as well.
I like this. Let DLH and Hatton go their seperate paths. As much money as they would make together, they really don't need each other to make money in a fight that really wouldn't mean much in the long run to either man's legacy (at least not to DLH).
__________________ Israel Vazquez....Super Bantamweight Champ....Super Heavyweight Heart
This man is my hero.