JOSH WARRINGTON likes the idea of Wayne Rooney leading him into a fight.
But he joked his fellow Leeds fans will never accept him doing a ring-walk with a Manchester United icon.
Leeds native Warrington's open to Man United legend Rooney walking him to the ring.
Former IBF featherweight champion Warrington and Derby boss Rooney struck up a friendship in October after a Liverpool Arena show — based on their shared loves of both boxing and rugby league.
But the vicious rivalry between Elland Road and Old Trafford fans means that England legend Roo will unfortunately never truly be welcome up the M62.
Ahead of Saturday’s rematch with current IBF 9st champ Kiko Martinez at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, Warrington grinned: “I met Wayne at a show and we had a photo.
“I did get a few Leeds fans message me — asking what I was doing hanging around with a sc*mer!
“But he is a real boxing man and he approached me and started talking about Leeds Rhinos, he is a proper rugby league fan too.
“We were both going back to the same hotel and he said he wanted to walk with me. I thought, 'fxxxing hell, all right then’.
“Because I still look at him as a great England player — but always a sc*mer.