Monday 11 December 2017

'I hope he flattens Mayweather, I honestly do' - Ricky Hatton hoping Conor McGregor can floor Floyd in superfight

Ricky Hatton of England and Floyd Mayweather Jr. stand nose to nose during the weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 7, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. will fight Ricky Hatton of England for the WBC welterweight championship on December 8. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Ricky Hatton of England and Floyd Mayweather Jr. stand nose to nose during the weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 7, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. will fight Ricky Hatton of England for the WBC welterweight championship on December 8. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Former WBA welterweight champion Ricky Hatton has said that he hopes that UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor can 'flatten' Floyd Mayweather Jr. when the two fight later this summer.

Mayweather and McGregor are set to fight in what is being billed as the biggest fight of all time on August 26 in Las Vegas, and while Hatton will be hoping that the Dubliner can do to Mayweather what no other fighters has ever been able to do before, including himself, he just can't see the Irishman being able to make the fight a contest given the caliber of opponent Mayweather has been able to nullify throughout his decorated career.

"I'm a Conor McGregor fan, what's not to like about him?," Hatton told BT Sport on Thursday.

"He's charismatic, he's exciting, he can punch, he's good for sport, but they are two different sports.

"I like everything about Conor, but I have to be brutally honest, I can't see it. When you see Canelo [Alvarez] he couldn't lay a punch on Floyd Mayweather.

"[Oscar] De La Hoya, masterful, masterful boxer, I was a 100-mile-an-hour and aggressive as you like, and he handled me no problems, and that was my game in fighting.

"Sorry Conor, I can't even see it being a fight. I really can't. I'd be very surprised.

"So many fighters like myself, like De La Hoya, like Canelo, couldn't lay a glove on him. I can't see Conor... I can only see Mayweather all the way.

"And I do hope I'm wrong, by the way, I hope he flattens Mayweather. I honestly do, but I honestly can't see it and I hope that hasn't offended my love for Ireland and my Irish fans, and Conor for that matter.

"I just think he's the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, one of the greatest of all time, and Conor's not had one boxing match yet. C'mon."

De La Hoya, who was an Olympic Gold medallist as an amateur before becoming an eight-time world champion as a professional, said that the Mayweather-McGregor fight was a 'hoax' and an elaborate marketing and publicity stunt orchestrated by Mayweather.

"Here comes the circus into town once again," De La Hoya told the BBC earlier this week..

"This is really and event of marketing, of publicity, this is another hoax from Mayweather.

"I know for a fact that it's not going to deliver any type of action inside the ring because the bottom line is that McGregor is an MMA fighter.

"He cannot go in there and kick, he cannot go in there and throw you on the floor, he cannot go in there and hit you with elbows, he cannot go in there and choke you out, he's going to have to box and he's never boxed professionally in his life."

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