Former world champion Ricky “Hitman” Hatton is giving Argentine fighter Marcos Maidana no chance of beating pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their May 3 welterweight clash.
Hatton, who lost to Mayweather in 2010, told On the Ropes Boxing Radio that the Mayweather-Maidana showdown was not a good fight, even if the Argentine did earn the right to face the unbeaten American.
“Maidana, with his win over (Adrien) Broner, proved that he deserved it. But stylistically, I can’t see Maidana get anywhere near Floyd,” Hatton said. “He’s not fast on his feet, he doesn’t have fast hands.”
“Will he get it in against Floyd Mayweather? I would have said not a chance, the truth be known, to be honest,” he added.
The boxer who could have given Mayweather a bigger challenge is the snubbed Amir Khan, said Hatton.
“If (Khan) had gone on the back foot, used his speed and boxing ability, I think he would have caused Floyd lots of problems,” said Hatton. “But if he’d have went to war, Floyd would knock Amir out.”
“I think Khan is the only one that can match Mayweather for speed. I just wonder how Floyd would have coped with his style,” he added.
That being said, Hatton does not buy the idea that Mayweather chose Maidana over Khan because he was “afraid” of the Briton.
“I don’t think Floyd has pulled out because he is scared of Amir Khan. Why would Floyd Mayweather be scared of Amir Khan?” he pointed out.