By Mark Vester
A few days ago, Ricky Hatton made it known that he still craves for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. He faces current pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Hatton is banking that a possible win over Pacquiao will bring him a chance to avenge his December 07 knockout loss to Mayweather.
Last year, Hatton hired a new trainer, who happened to be Floyd Mayweather Sr. - the father of the younger Mayweather. For years the relationship between Floyd Sr. and his son was very strained. At one point he was willing to go against his own son by training Oscar De La Hoya and Hatton to beat him.
Recently Floyd Sr. informed Hatton that he patched things up with his son and the two were on actual speaking terms. If Hatton gets himself in position to fight a rematch with Mayweather, he won't have the support or the training help of Floyd Sr.
"He did say that he is back talking to Floyd Jr. now and obviously if a rematch comes off he can't train me for that one. I told him he didn't even have to explain himself. I said it was totally understandable. You can't expect him to go in the corner against his own son," Hatton told Sportinglife.
"It would be a shame if he (Mayweather Jr.) stayed retired. I would rather [fight him and] him knock me out again. I'm not looking past Pacquiao but as far as dreams in terms of what I want to do finishing my career I've got this nagging feeling in my head that I want to put the record straight."
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