Ricky Hatton believes his former foe Floyd Mayweather will once again emerge victorious when he faces Mexican sensation Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas on 14 September.

The 36 year old remains undefeated in his 44 professional contests and is largely considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. However, there are some that feel that Alvarez, who is 13 years Mayweather's junior, could be the man to finally inflict a first loss on the five-weight world champion.

Oscar De La Hoya, who lost a narrow split decision to Mayweather back in 2007, feels as though Alvarez has the necessary tools to succeed where he failed.

"I know why it's caught on so big," said De La Hoya. "It is because people have hope and people strongly feel that Mayweather is going to get beat.

"I strongly feel that September 14th we are going to see the younger Canelo Alvarez who is going to be fast, who is going to be strong, as we know, but who is going to be smart.

"He's the whole package and he hasn't put it all together because he hasn't fought Floyd Mayweather, who is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Floyd Mayweather will bring out the best in Canelo Alvarez."

De La Hoya is somewhat biased in his opinion, as he has helped guide the career of Alvarez. However, Hatton remains neutral and has given his own take on why Mayweather will end the fight as the WBC and WBA light-middleweight champion.

"Alvarez is younger, bigger and stronger but Floyd will have the speed and movement to keep out of the way," Hatton told the BBC.

"He will be Floyd's toughest fight, because Floyd is getting on a bit. Having said that, he lives the life and looks after his body.

"He's also a master of defence so he hasn't been in too many wars, and there aren't too many miles on the clock, despite his age.

"Floyd will make Alvarez miss and any boxer will tell you that there's nothing that tires you out more than hitting fresh air continually."

Mayweather appeared back at his very best in his destruction of Robert Guerrero back in May and he will be looking to make another major statement at the MGM Grand later this month.

The outspoken American has a contract to fight on four more occasions after his bout with Alvarez and will be keen to prove that he is still at his very best despite coming towards the latter stage of a truly remarkable career.