23 June, 2017
Now that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has come out of retirement, even if it's for a mismatch against a mixed martial artist, the hope among some within the boxing industry is that Mayweather will remain active after August 26. If, at 40, he fought McGregor at all, it would be in some armory in front of six hundred people.
Plans are now underway for a press conference where Mayweather and McGregor will meet face-to-face for the first time since the fight was made official a week ago. Usually, Mayweather doesn't take a beating in the ring, and he's never been knocked out.
Hatton, armed with a legion of 30,000 fans, took on Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in 2007 aiming to extend his unbeaten record at the American's expense.
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McGregor has sounded ultra confident in his ability to finally put a loss on Mayweather's record, but he's certainly facing long odds while going up against arguably one of the greatest boxers of all time.
When it comes to big fight atmospheres Ricky Hatton knows more than most. If you take a look at the history of the middleweight division with Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Bernard Hopkins, and now you have Canelo Alvarez versus Gennady Golovkin, they are bringing boxing back to the glory days. "But to make people watch a 12 round snoozer is not good for boxing". It's no different. I think there is an interest level there. Laugh all you want, but if Floyd Mayweather were fighting IBF heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua on August 26th, I'd pick Mayweather to win, and I'd go one further and even bet on him. They have the benefit of knowing that they are promoting a serious fight, one fans have begged for over the past 18 months and one that has historic and pound-for-pound significance.
If you think there's a chance in the world Conor McGregor leaves the ring victorious, then you must be insane. I beat him." He added: "I be trying to tell ya'll ...