Ricky Hatton wants Mario Balotelli as Best Man at his wedding

Mario is simply the best… man! Hatton wants Balotelli by his side for his 'big day'

Traditionally, February 29 is the day when women can 'reverse roles' and propose to their potential grooms by asking that all important question: 'Will you marry me'

Should Ricky Hatton be one of those lucky chaps, the British boxing great already has a Best Man for his big day in mind: Mario Balotelli.

Simply the best... man: Mario Balotelli, who is in Milan with his girlfriend Raffaella Fico, is wanted by Ricky Hatton as his Best Man

Simply the best… man: Mario Balotelli, who is in Milan with his girlfriend Raffaella Fico, is wanted by Ricky Hatton as his Best Man

The Manchester City mad former light-welterweight king revealed he is the Italian striker's No 1 fan.

Balotelli has become a cult hero in Manchester since he arrived from Inter Milan in 2009.

City mad: British boxing legend Hatton is head-over-heels with Italian striker Balotelli

City mad: British boxing legend Hatton is head-over-heels with Italian striker Balotelli

The 21-year-old, who infamously saw his bathroom go up in flames last October after a firework prank, has helped Roberto Mancini's men rocket to the top of the Barclays Premier League table above rivals Manchester United, scoring 10 goals in 16 league games so far this season.

And Hatton, now retired from the ring, joked his admiration for Balotelli stretches so far, he would choose him over his own brother Matthew to best his Best Man.

'When the day comes and I get married, I want Mario Balotelli to be my best man,' Hatton told The Sun.

All smiles: Balotelli dedicated his goal against Blackburn to his girlfriend Raffaella

All smiles: Balotelli dedicated his goal against Blackburn to his girlfriend Raffaella

'He could be the best player in the world… if he calms down!'

Balotelli used the international break to return home to Milan with his girlfriend Raffaella Fico, whom he dedicated his goal against Blackburn last weekend.