British former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton believes Conor McGregor is in for “a 12-round onslaught” when the mixed martial arts sensation faces boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather.
Hatton insists he is a fan of both fighters but is predicting an utterly one-sided contest when Irishman McGregor makes his boxing debut against the unbeaten Mayweather in Las Vegas in August.
“I feel embarrassed to say this but I’d be very surprised if [McGregor] wins a round,” said Hatton.
“I hope he does well, I hope he wins – there’s no doubt whose corner I'm in – but to be brutally honest I can’t see anything other than a shut-out for Mayweather. I think it could be a 12-round onslaught.”
The super-fight is tipped to be the richest in history, exceeding the $600m generated by Mayweather’s 2015 bout with Manny Pacquiao, but Hatton says it holds little appeal to him.
“I can’t say I’m a fan of it,” he added. “I’m a fan of McGregor – he’s got character, he’s exciting, entertaining, value for money. I hope I don’t upset any Irish fans or Conor, but I can’t get excited about this fight one bit.
“It’s going to be great entertainment. That’s the most complimentary I can be about it. It’s two different sports.”
Mayweather, 40, has agreed to come out of retirement to face McGregor, who has never boxed professionally. A widely-anticipated victory would take the American’s record to 50-0.
“People all around the world demanded this fight so I had to give them what they wanted to see,” Mayweather said. “They asked for this fight. I was in retirement, but they wanted me back and I’m back.”