Hatton hits 30 with Floyd’s dad in corner

Ricky Hatton had no time to celebrate his 30th birthday Monday. His new trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr., made sure of that.

Mayweather Sr. joined Hatton’s camp Friday, but wasn’t wasting any time before the fighter defends his IBO light welterweight title against Paulie Malignaggi in Las Vegas on November 22.

The second day of Mayweather’s arduous programme began on Monday at 6am by attaching dumbbells to Hatton’s hands for a five-mile run in northern England.

Hatton spent 11 years working with trainer Billy Graham, who was in his corner when welterweight Floyd Mayweather Jr. stopped Hatton last December in the only loss of his 45-fight career.

Hatton won his final bout under Graham’s tutelage, outpointing Juan Lazcano in May, but dumped Graham in July.

Mayweather Sr, who is estranged from his son, was critical of the guidance Graham had offered Hatton.

‘You can do the same training Billy did, maybe better,’ Mayweather, 55, said at Hatton’s new gym in Manchester. ‘Go get yourself a pillow at home and let Ricky hit you – that’s all he did.

‘Ricky’s got here on his own. Graham calls himself a trainer, I call him ‘Silly Billy’. He should have left Billy earlier, a whole lot of years ago. You will see a different Ricky, trust me. I’m teaching him things he’s never done before.

Hatton said he knew it was time to leave when Graham began receiving painkilling injections in his hands after their training sessions.

Mayweather has trained Oscar De La Hoya, Chad Dawson and Joan Guzman to world titles.

‘Floyd will slow me down and show me how to look after myself defensively a bit,’ Hatton said. ‘Everyone Floyd has worked with has turned around and said he’s the best and improved them.’

Hatton wants to challenge the winner of the De La Hoya-Manny Pacquiao fight on December 6, while a rematch with Mayweather Jr. is also on the horizon.

‘I’d like to fight Floyd Jr. again,’ Hatton said. ‘I think he’ll come out of retirement after the De La Hoya-Pacquiao fight. Floyd is all about controversy and he’ll want to come out and do it.’

And that could see Mayweather coaching Hatton against his son.

‘It’s a strange one, isn’t it?’ Hatton said. ‘Father and son is a very touchy subject and we’d have to cross that bridge when we come to it.’

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