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The May-Mac world tour is in the books but how does it compare to the Manchester leg of Mayweather's press tour with Ricky Hatton?
We're less than a month away from the mega-event between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. The fight has caught the public's imagination as the bout pits arguably the greatest boxer against one of the finest MMA fighters in the sport.
The fight reached an even bigger peak and interest following the wild press tour. Mayweather and McGregor took part in four press conference across the States, Canada and the U.K.
Both combatants went to extreme lengths to promote their August 26th fight. Though they're used to heavy media obligations. Especially Mayweather who took part in a similar set up when he fought Hatton.
Including a press conference in his hometown, Manchester. The pair verbally exchanged with Hatton taking numerous swipes at him while live on Sky Sports News.
Credit: Sky Sports News
Mayweather ultimately inflicted Hatton with his first professional defeat back in 2007. The American stopped him in the 10th round as he cleaned up the welterweight titles.
Since that fight, the 40-year-old has reeled off a further 10 victories as he sits on 49-0. Mayweather returns to the squared circle as he faces McGregor with an eye on breaking Rocky Marciano's long standing unbeaten record.
Mayweather lands a right-hand on Hatton's chin. Image: PA
Ahead of the UFC lightweight champion making his boxing debut, Hatton doesn't see it being a fight.
"I can't even see it being a fight," Hatton told BT Sports.
"I'd be very surprised. So many fighters, like myself, like Canelo [Alvarez], like [Oscar] De Le Hoya that couldn't lay a glove on him, I can't see it for Conor."
Mayweather and McGregor face-off during the London press conference. Image: PA
Though while he doesn't like McGregor's chances, he's hoping the Irishman can shock the world.
"I do hope I'm wrong by the way. I hope he flattens Mayweather. I honestly do. But I can't see it."
"He's the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, he's one of the greatest ever and Conor has not had one boxing match yet. Come on," Hatton added.
August 26th can't come soon enough.
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