Ricky Hatton: Mayweather 'disrespecting boxing' by fighting Logan Paul

Floyd Mayweather ‘is damaging his legacy and disrespecting boxing… but he doesn’t give a s***!’, says Ricky Hatton… with his old rival ‘Money’ pocketing £72m for fighting YouTube star Logan Paul

  • Floyd Mayweather will take on YouTuber Logan Paul in a Miami fight on Sunday 
  • The 50-0 boxing icon is ruining his legacy, claims ex-British boxer Ricky Hatton 
  • The Briton faced Mayweather in a professional fight in 2007 but lost in Las Vegas
  • Hatton says Paul taking on Mayweather due to his large following ‘p***** me off’

Ricky Hatton has unleashed a furious tirade at former opponent Floyd Mayweather, claiming he shows ‘total disrespect’ to his fans by fighting YouTuber Logan Paul.

‘Money’ will take on the 24-year-old streaming star on Sunday in a fight which is set to earn the American boxing icon over $100million (£72m) this weekend. 

And former British boxer Hatton, who lost to Mayweather in a WBC welterweight clash in 2007, claims the American ‘doesn’t give a s***’ about either his legacy or his fanbase – and is purely focused on the money aspects of the fight.

Ricky Hatton claims Floyd Mayweather is ruining his legacy by taking on YouTuber Logan Paul

Mayweather (left) will face streaming star Paul (right) on Sunday in a Miami exhibition bout

Hatton told Metro: ‘I think Floyd Mayweather is damaging his legacy, his peers will be looking at him. Truth be known, though, Floyd doesn’t give a s***. 

‘He doesn’t care. He’s called himself “Money” Mayweather for God sake, that tells you all you need to know! It is all about money with him. Me personally, I thought it was about the fans, the fans pay your wages. 

‘The fans deserved to be entertained. Floyd isn’t bothered as long as he gets money. It shows total disrespect to his peers and the other great champions of old. 

‘It seems like he is rubbing it in everyone’s face. In the face of people who work 12 hours a day, seven days a week who can’t even afford a holiday.’

Hatton believes Mayweather ‘doesn’t give a s***’ about his legacy or his fans by facing Paul

Sunday’s fight is the 50-0 boxer’s second exhibition fight since retiring from the sport after beating UFC star Conor McGregor in a 2017 crossover fight, which earned him over $300m.

Mayweather also quickly defeated Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve 2018 and will now face YouTuber Paul, who has only taken part in one professional fight in his career – a loss to British icon KSI in November 2019. 

Hatton took on American great Mayweather 14 years ago in one of the standout fights of his career, but was knocked down by the ‘Money’ in the tenth round in Las Vegas. 

Hatton (right) claimed he worked hard for the chance to take on Mayweather (left) in 2007

The ex-British fighter admitted the fact that YouTuber Paul gets the chance to take on Mayweather, ‘p***** me off’ as it took Hatton several years and successful fights to get the same opportunity.  

Hatton continued: ‘Some things have to come before money. Like legacy.

‘How much money does he want? He has already secured his family’s future. The last few fights you want are the ones to secure your legacy. 

‘I haven’t seen Logan Paul box, I don’t know if he’s any good or how bad he is. I didn’t know who he was until a few months ago until he started getting linked with all these fighters.

Hatton (above) says he didn’t know who YouTube star was until the Mayweather bout was done

‘What upsets me, as a boxer who loved and still loves this sport, I feel very proud of how hard I worked to get the opportunity to fight Floyd Mayweather. 

‘I beat Kostya Tszyu, who was the best in the light welterweight division. I beat Carlos Maussa, I beat Luis Collazo, I beat Juan Urango, I beat Jose Luis Castillo, that’s how I got my shot at Floyd Mayweather. 

‘He (Paul) has got a shot at him because he’s got 72 f****** million followers. And it p***** me off.’

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