There will come a point when boxing fans will stop being surprised at the sort of crossover or exhibition bouts that can be made in the sport.
Former two-weight world champion, Hatton, will return to the ring this weekend at the AO Arena in Manchester to take on fellow veteran and friend, Marco Antonio Barrera. ‘The Hitman’ has cited weight loss, mental wellbeing, and a desire to be in amongst his fans once more as a reason behind the bout. It may well be his last dance, but, naturally, fans are now that he’s on the exhibition circuit, fans are throwing other names in the ring.
Conor McGregor, one of the biggest stars in UFC history, responded to a fan that suggesting he could face off with Hatton, saying ‘wouldn’t that be something.’
Wouldn’t that be something. https://t.co/oat1Otxiap
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 8, 2022
The conversation was also picked up on by Hatton’s agent, Paul Speak, who added his own comment.
— Paul Speak (@SpeakPaul) November 8, 2022
Hatton versus Barrera could be described as a boxing exhibition for a hardcore fan. Two legends of the sport with 123 professional fights between them (and 112 wins) facing off in a homecoming event for Hatton that will, in its best form, showcase the skills and sportsmanship that make the sport great.
Put McGregor into the picture with ‘The Hitman’ though, and that’s a different event entirely. McGregor has had one professional boxing fight – a knockout loss to Floyd Mayweather. Since then, he’s won one of his four UFC bouts whilst always hinting at a return to the boxing ring. Many thought that it would be a rematch with ‘Money’ Mayweather considering the magnitude of their first event together and the American’s fondness of these types of fights.
With a little interest shown from the MMA man, as well as some hinting from Hatton’s agent, the two can tentatively places on the maybe list for future fights – although perhaps close to the bottom in terms of likelihood.