Floyd Mayweather has put rumours of an exhibition rematch with Ricky Hatton to bed, sayings that recent talk of a potential fight is pointless given they already faced off in their peak years.
Mayweather won the original bout by a tenth round knockout back in 2007 as he made his first successful defence of his WBC welterweight title. Now, one of the greatest boxers in the sport’s history has turned to exhibition fights around the globe, allowing him to continue making a fortune – his upcoming fight against YouTuber Deji Olatunji earning him a potential $32 million, according to the Daily Mail.
However, as reported by The Mirror, Mayweather confirmed that he sees no point in rematching Hatton after beating him 15 years ago.
“Why do it [fight] for fake?
Ricky Hatton we had our chance. The great thing at that particular time is that he was at the top of his game. I have always been at the top of my game. We were able to come together and get fans all around the world excited.
Ricky Hatton is one hell of a champion and a UK legend, and it was in 2007 when we gave the world what they wanted to see. Action.”
Whilst a fight with Mayweather now looks out of question, Hatton does take part in his first exhibition fight this weekend, where he fights former three-weight world champion Marco Antonio Barrera.
UK boxing icon Hatton has clearly took preparation for the contest seriously, using it as motivation to transform his body and lose a heap of weight. This could be the last time we ever get to see ‘The Hitman’ in action, so fans who don’t want to miss it can tune in via Sky Sports on Saturday night.