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Part Fifteen - support is starting to swell in Vegas

Ricky's Diary Posted 26th 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 sykysports.com.

Scroll down for Ricky's latest entry as we take you right behind the scenes...

Hatton: starting to get body-clock in tune

Hatton: starting to get body-clock in tune

Thursday, April 23

I have started to have a lie-in now in the morning because I am running at night to allow my body to adjust to the time I will fight over here.

At the gym today I did some tactical work with Floyd and Lee Beard and everything is bang on target. It's just a matter of fine-tuning one or two things.

After training we called in at the supermarket. I bought some more dvds and some clothes; it's not bad here - you can all but get a full summer outfit for a tenner (well almost)!

I spoke with my dad, Ray, and he told me that the fight is officially a sell out. I am expecting between 10,000 and 15,000 Brits to come over for the fight.

Ricky Hatton
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Afterwards, I went back to the apartment to do some interviews over the phone. Following our meal I went down to Sunset Park for a run, before taking an early night.

Friday, April 24

Today is the last day of my hard weeks. All the fitness and conditioning training has paid off and I am feeling really good. Lots of British people are starting to arrive in Vegas now for the fight.

I spoke with my dad, Ray, and he told me that the fight is officially a sell out. I am expecting between 10,000 and 15,000 Brits to come over for the fight.

I might not have won the title pound-for-pound best fighter in the world when I fought Floyd Jnr, but one title I have without doubt is the best fight fans in the world.

My management team has negotiated a Ricky Hatton signature range and I took delivery of one of the first samples today. I am impressed. That reminds me my own brand 'Hatton' hits the streets soon.

With a big fight there is always commemorative merchandise around and I saw the design for the Hatton v Pacquiao fight.

It's been done by R Slone and the design features on the cover of this month's Ring Magazine. I saw Richard today at the Mandalay Bay hotel and signed some original artwork for the fight after we had a coffee.

At night we had our meal and following a game of cards we all went down to Sunset Park and did a run.

The park was packed with kids camping out, families, boy scouts, army cadets, the place was rammed. 24/7 filmed the run from a golf buggy.

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S Healey says...

Final run-in now Ricky, fight week is upon us. Hope your bricking it as much as me! My pre-fight nerves have kicked in and I'm not even fighting. Good luck from this side of the pond. and I hope and pray you do him. All the best to Matthew as well!

Posted 09:04 27th April 2009

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