I couldn’t be happier about this.
Hatton hires Mayweather Sr. as trainer
Junior welterweight boxer Ricky Hatton said on Wednesday that he has hired Floyd Mayweather Sr. to train him for his next fight.
The decision has Hatton (44-1, 31 knockouts) working with the father of the only man to defeat him in the ring. Floyd Mayweather Jr. stopped the Briton in 10 rounds in December 2006.
“At this stage of my career I am not going to change my style too much, but you are never too old to learn,” said Hatton. “I have spoken with my team and we are all sure that I’ll benefit from Floyd’s incredible knowledge.”
The Manchester native will be fighting Paulie Malignaggi (25-1, 5 KOs) in a 140-pound bout on Nov. 22 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Hatton, who will turn 30 in October, has spent his entire pro career with trainer Billy Graham. The pair split up after a decision victory over Juan Lazcano in May, during which Hatton was stunned on two separate occasions.
Hatton and Graham have offered differing accounts as to the cause of the split.
The decision to hire Mayweather Sr. raises certain logistical questions. The trainer also works with Oscar De Le Hoya, who will fight at the Grand on Dec. 6 against Manny Pacquiao. De La Hoya has preferred in recent years to set up camp in Puerto Rico, where he lives.
De La Hoya used Freddie Roach as a trainer and not the father when he lost a 12-round decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May 2007, the most lucrative boxing match of all time.
A rematch was planned for September, but Mayweather Jr. made a surprising retirement announcement. The undefeated fighter has a fractious relationship with his father and is trained by his uncle, Roger Mayweather.