British boxing legend, Ricky Hatton, has commented on rumours of a possible exhibition ‘rematch’ with Floyd Mayweather.
However, ‘The Hitman’ doesn’t think that the fight would be as friendly as some of the 45-year-old’s recent outings.
Mayweather knocked Hatton out in the tenth round of their bout, over fifteen years ago, but some feel the Brit was hampered by strict refereeing, which didn’t allow him to get in close to the American.
Since retirement, Mayweather has made heaps of money, from fighting in one-sided pay-per-view exhibitions, and rumours have been circulating that he may be open to stepping into the ring with Hatton once again.
Meanwhile, two-weight champion, Hatton, made his exhibition debut against Marco Antonio Barrera back in November.
The 2005 Fighter of the Year got back in shape and completed an unbelievable transformation to return to action and put on a show for his beloved fans in Manchester.
In an interview on the George Groves Podcast, Ricky explained the difference between an exhibition with Barrera and with Mayweather, with the latter probably becoming more serious than his opponent may like it to be.
“He has done a few actual fights, hasn’t he? Well, maybe not. He said he would like to do an exhibition and I’m not going to say no. I think if something like that came forward, I would be an idiot not to look at it. He’s arguably the greatest fighter of all-time and I felt a little bit peeved that the referee didn’t allow me to fight the fight that I would have liked to. I’m not saying that I would have won anyway, but any chance I did have was squashed from the first round.”
“I don’t know whether I am friendly enough with Floyd Mayweather, if I put it on him a little bit, he’d probably tell me not to take the p**s. I don’t know whether it would turn into a potential war. ”
“These exhibitions, it’s got to be competitive, I told Marco. It’s all about the show I’m putting on for my fans, it wasn’t about getting paid, as Floyd would say, it wasn’t for me.”
Whilst fans in the UK would love to see Hatton take on Mayweather once again, it is questionable whether ‘Money’ would take the fight when he can continue to fight influencers for millions of dollars.