Former world champion Ricky Hatton expressed his displeasure after Floyd Mayweather’s show fight against video blogger Logan Paul.
“What the hell was that? Where are the days when boxers were ready to put their lives on the line to try to be the best or at least fight the best? Now boxers are calling youtubers because it makes the most money these days, so we we live in the world of social networks.
I can come to terms with an exhibition fight like Mike Tyson – Roy Jones, a fight between two legends of our sport. But how can the greatest fighter of our time, who only recently retired from his career, fight against a man who entered the ring only because of the number of followers, and not because of who he defeated before?
Money is important, which is why we are moving from amateurs to professionals. But these days, money seems to be more important than legacy. As for Floyd and Logan, each has his own. Good luck to both of you. In my personal opinion, it was shitty for boxing, “Ricky Hatton wrote on his Instagram page.
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