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Part Thirteen - Realising that Floyd is more than just a trainer

Ricky's Diary Posted 21st April 2009 view comments

Ricky Hatton is back out in Las Vegas preparing for another crack at the pound-for-pound title.

In the build-up to May 2 you can follow the Hitman's every move with his exclusive fight diary on

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Mayweather: pad work with Ricky

Mayweather: pad work with Ricky

Thursday, April 16

ESPN sent a film crew to follow me for a fly-on-the-wall special for the 'Jim Rome is Burning' show. That started with a run around Sunset Park and then it was down to the gym after a rest for a press media day.

It's a chance for all of the top American TV, radio and internet journalists to get their one-on-one interviews to preview the fight.

Now I know why Floyd was a little late for the gym last week. He got caught on film getting a burrito and Mountain Dew on the way.

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Me and Floyd went through some pad work and I did a workout for the photographers. Then we had a visit to the local Starbucks for a coffee and a chill out before heading back to the apartment for dinner. We had a game of cards then it was early to bed.

Also Adrian Gonzalez, my trainer Lee Beard's son arrived today. Adrian has had three fights now and is unbeaten as a professional

Friday, April 17

Sparring today and another eight rounds under my belt.

Following training I went back to the apartment. It's getting hotter by the day over here so I put the sun cream on and went for a bit of sunbathing around the pool at our apartment and finished with a quick jump in the Jacuzzi.

I don't mind a bit of sunbathing but I can only take so much sun before I get burned so I have to put plenty of cream on.

After dinner I went down the Strip with the lads and had a walk through a couple of casinos.

Saturday, April 18

Rest day so that means a well deserved lie in!

I went and had a mooch in some of the casinos and then back to the apartment.

I like to have a massage and as Matthew is here as well, we had our massage late afternoon. I even managed to get an interview in whilst I was having it!

In the evening I went down the Strip and had a walk through the casinos.

Sunday, April 19

The weather has definitely picked up so we went over to Floyd's house for a barbeque.

We had fried chicken, ribs, grilled chicken, macaroni cheese and even had corn bread and some Cool Aid. That's another string to Floyd's bow - master chef!

He showed us his wardrobe with all his fancy suits and he also showed us some paintings he did. They are very good. He has painted Muhammad Ali, Elvis and James Brown.

We watched the second instalment of 24/7 on DVD. Now I know why Floyd was a little late for the gym last week. He got caught on film getting a burrito and Mountain Dew on the way.

On the way home we called by the shopping outlet at Charleston. It's the first chance Matthew has had to do any shopping.

I managed to speak with Campbell today. He was with my mum and dad at their house so I managed to speak to him for a short time. I miss him loads but it won't be long now before I see him.

Jennifer came back from Spain today. She has been getting my apartment ready for when I go out on holiday after the fight.

Monday, April 20

I spoke with my dad today on the phone and he updated me on the gym back in Hyde. It's almost finished and we hope to have an official opening on May 12th.

This week I will start running in the evening to acclimatise with the fight time. I then went down the gym and worked on the pads with Floyd and Lee.

After the gym we went over to the Mandalay Bay for a chill. Dinner at the apartment and then another game of cards.

One of my friends, Mark, has joined us. He's a photographer for The Sun and always joins us for the last two weeks. He brought some DVD's with him so we watched them.

Comments (4)

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Liam Mccafferty says...

Speed Kills? Why do so many people think Ricky is slow and manny is so much faster i cant wait your all in for a shock.....Cumon Ricky!

Posted 14:02 22nd April 2009

Jake Halliday says...

Come on ricky you can easly get another shot at the pound for pound fight with floy and you can win and you should easlily win manny aswell COME ON RICKY HATTON

Posted 21:52 21st April 2009

Richie Everitt says...

Pacquiao is going to totally outclass hatton, hatton will be in it for the first 4 rounds then after that you'll see Pacquiao pick up the pace, and Hatton won't catch him, Pacquiao will knock him out in the 9th round, honestly its only the way the media represent hatton and because his trainer likes to trash talk there trying to convince the public that hatton is no longer a slugger and thinks, but you cant teach a old dog new tricks, Pacquiao is something else and Hatton is just a stepping stone for him, if people think hatton will kill pacquiao in the ring, the people who say that really don't know there boxing at all.

Posted 21:43 21st April 2009

William Paice says...

Sounds like training is going well, i think Ricky will get the knock out an become the the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world then hopefully get a re-match with Floyd Mayweather at Wembley - what a fight that would be! Easily get a 90,000+ crowd in there. Come on the hitman!

Posted 11:49 21st April 2009

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