Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hitman Says Goodbye to Ricky Fatton

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hitman Says Goodbye to Ricky Fatton

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RICKY HATTON has paid tribute to trainer Floyd Mayweather sr for rejuvenating his career.

There were some who felt Hatton should have hung up his gloves after a sloppy win over Juan Lazcano last May. But after joining forces with Mayweather - father of Floyd jr, the only man to beat Hatton - the Mancunian has been revitalised.

He beat Paulie Malignaggi in November and is now just six weeks away from a fight with Manny Pacquiao, currently the world's best pound-for-pound fighter, in Las Vegas on May 2.

The 30-year-old's problems with his fluctuating weight are legend but, after completing the British leg of his preparations, Hatton feels fitter than ever.

"Ricky 'Fatton' has disappeared," said the IBO light-welterweight champ.

"I've never been as down on my weight. I'm pretty much at the weight - 154lbs - which I will be on the night.

"As the fight gets nearer I will get faster, sharper and more explosive.

"It is great being ahead of schedule. …

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