Boxing legend and three time World Heavyweight Champion, Muhammad Ali, of Louisville, Kentucky, today paid a visit to Mancunian mauler Ricky Hatton at his Hyde gymnasium.
A frail looking Ali, the best fighter of a very tough generation was said to have made Hatton's day by dropping by at the gym.
All was not amicable though, as vertical haired lunatic promoter, convicted killer, and alleged gangster, Don King tried to encourage the two widely respected warriors to have a go at each other.
"That guy's nuts," Ali stated.
"Could I beat Ali?" Hatton stated. "I could probably give him a run for his money these days, because he's not a well man. But I wouldn't have messed with him in the 60's and 70's when he was in his heyday. He fought Ken Norton with a broken jaw, he fought Joe Frazier so hard that his hips got swollen - and that's usually something that only happens in a high speed road traffic accident. He completely bucked the odds when he beat George Foreman in Zaire, in the rumble in the jungle. The man is my absolute and utter sporting hero."
More sentimental Ricky Hatton outbursts as we get them.
Just don't tell him where I live because I support United and he might just get tempted to come round and pound the clappers out of me.
And I wouldn't want that.
Honestly I wouldn't. It could prove very painful, and I don't care too much for pain.