Put in the shade
Ricky Hatton's Stevie Wonder experience goes largely unnoticed thanks to the Golden Boy's retirement.
Last Updated: 17/04/09 9:30am
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...
Tuesday, April 14
Up Mount Charleston again today, although this time I took a different route.
I went past a village that had its own school and library, 8,000 feet above sea level. It's very cold up there and there is still snow on the ground in some places, which is a bit different to The Strip!
Then it was down to the gym to work with Floyd and Lee on the pads.
As fight night draws closer the media attention has increased, including the couple of interviews I had to do after training.
But they were overshadowed by the news that Oscar de la Hoya has today announced his retirement. I think he has made the right decision. He is a six-time world champion, who has fought the very best; he has nothing else to prove and leaves behind him a great boxing legacy.
Oscar can is also of course a very successful promoter, the head of Golden Boy Promotions along with Richard Schaeffer, who will be promoting my fight with Manny of course. I am proud to call the Golden Boy my friend.
Wednesday, April 15
More sparring and I have to say, I was very pleased with today's workout.
I really feel that everything is coming together at the right time. My weight is bang on target, my fitness is brilliant and I really can't wait for May 2.
After training me and our Matthew had to do an eye test for the Nevada State Commission. They stick some drops in your eyes and it really does make your vision blurry for a couple of hours after, I can tell you.
But the good people at the Nevada State Commission think of the fighters and because the sun is so bright out here, they gave us a pair of huge, temporary sunglasses each.
We looked like Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles as we walked out onto the street!
When I got back to the apartment I could barely believe my eyes, because there was a parcel from my son, Campbell. He'd made me a present of a small Easter bag with some mini chocolate eggs and a card.
It made me miss him even more and I can't wait to see him again. The chocolate though, will have to wait until after the fight.
After dinner we chilled out with a game of cards. We always play a game called Crash and regular readers of my diary won't be surprised to know Matthew won again.
In fact he normally wins - he's dead jammy at cards. Still, I suppose it's nice to have him out here with us...