Ricky Hatton has advised UFC superstar Conor McGregor to consider switching over to boxing full-time after his bout with Dustin Poirier, set to take place this weekend.
McGregor has only boxed professionally once before, losing to Floyd Mayweather via tenth-round knockout.
However, the former two-weight UFC champion trained as a boxer before starting his MMA journey and has hinted before that once he is finished with MMA, a run at a boxing world title isn’t out of the question.
And Hatton, who was also knocked out by Mayweather in the tenth round when they fought in 2007, believes McGregor should seriously consider switching combat sports.
In his latest column for the Metro, the Hitman said that after his fight with Poirier this weekend, McGregor should leave the UFC’s octagon behind claiming “it’s not too late for him in boxing.”
“Conor McGregor boxed Floyd Mayweather, one of the greatest of all time, back in 2017 and I thought he gave a decent account of himself, considering he went in there having never boxed professionally before.
“We have still got to give him credit for that. At what level he will get to remains to be seen but having dipped his toes in the water and having done well, I think if he retired without giving boxing another go, he would never forgive himself.
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“He’s tried the boxing game and his performance warrants another go. I don’t blame him one bit. He doesn’t want to be sat on sofa in a few years’ time thinking: ‘I wish I had given boxing another go.’
“It’s not too late for him in boxing. Even though MMA is a different sport, he is halfway there. It’s not like he’s a total novice… At the end of the day, he will get the opportunities because of his profile too.
“I don’t know whether he would promote himself or go with someone but whichever way you look at it, he’s a promoter’s dream. There won’t be a shortage of people trying to sign him and get him on their shows.”
Conor McGregor is set to meet Dustin Poirier in a trilogy bout at UFC 264 this weekend, just six months after the Irishman was defeated by the Diamond at UFC 257 via second-round knockout.
A winner of the rubber match is almost guaranteed a title shot in the UFC’s lightweight division.
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