“Or we can get in the ring for £1 million each and fight it out! Eddie [Hearn], if you’re watching. Eddie Hearn, get him on the phone. Roy, come on. You’re better than that. And I promise to stop reacting.”
Keane has yet to respond to McAteer’s offer and it remains to be seen whether he would be prepared to become the latest celebrity to enter the ring. He wouldn’t be the first former United star to lace up a pair of gloves, however, as Rio Ferdinand in 2017 attempted to find a second career but was denied a license by the British Boxing Board of Control.
Patrice Evra was also set to fight YouTuber Adam Saleh at the O2 Arena in London last year, but their exhibition was postponed, with former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara also due to fight on the card.