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Hatton open to Mayweather rematch after in-ring return against Barrera

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Ricky Hatton is open to rematching Floyd Mayweather in an exhibition bout after his upcoming contest with Marco Antonio Barrera. The pair fought each other as professionals back in 2007 with ‘TBE’ coming away the victor via a tenth-round technical knockout.

Mayweather recently revealed that he is planning to fight in the United Kingdom next February following his bout against British YouTuber Deji Olatunji this weekend. Given all of the hype surrounding their first encounter and ‘Hitman’s’ legendary status on British shores, a second fight would no doubt make sense from a financial standpoint.

When asked whether he would box Mayweather again during an interview with Sky Sports, Hatton responded: “I’d have to look at it. To share the ring with Floyd Mayweather again would be something else.”

Before a fight with Mayweather can be made, Hatton will have to get through former three-weight world champion Barrera on Saturday. Hatton and Barrera were supposed to square off on July 2, but the event was postponed after Hughie Fury – who was headlining the show against Michael Hunter – fell ill.

Now, both men will compete on the Natasha Jonas vs Marie Eve Dicaire bill at the AO Arena, Manchester in a middleweight contest. In order to get himself down to the 11 stone 6lb limit, Hatton has had to shift an incredible 47lbs and is in the best shape he’s been in since retiring from professional boxing in 2012.

Speaking about his motivations behind returning to the ring, Hatton explained: “We lost friends, all of us lost friends through Covid and mental health through the Covid. I lost family to the mental health through Covid.

“And they [the organisers] said ‘listen, it’s been a bad time for the nation so how about one last dance at Manchester Arena against Marco Antonio Barrera just to bring people’s spirits up after such a terrible time – we’ve all been locked up in our houses, not much going.’

“I thought ‘yeah, that sound alright to me.’ It was a very easy decision to make for me. I haven’t stepped in the ring yet but the feedback I’ve got from people seeing how I’ve turned my figure around and changed my way of thinking has inspired a lot of people.”

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