I'm too much of a Pacman mark to not predict a win for him tomorrow regardless of Hatton's new trainer and perhaps improved defensive skills courtesy the elder Mayweather. All that being said, Kevin Iole reports on dissension in the ranks at the Ricky Hatton camp that is casting a dark cloud over the British pugilist before tomorrow's fight:
LAS VEGAS – Two days before Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton are to meet in the year’s biggest boxing match, a representative of Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach had a conversation with Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer about the possibility of Roach training Hatton in Hatton’s next fight.
Roach’s agent, Nick Khan, had heard of rumors of discontent between Hatton and his trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr. In a telephone conversation with Schaefer, Khan suggested that Roach would be interested in training Hatton.
"Richard and I were speaking on the phone, though I’m not sure who called who, and I told him how much respect Freddie has for Ricky," said Khan, who is Pacquiao’s former co-manager. "I suggested that after Manny defeats Ricky on Saturday, which is Freddie’s priority, that we sit down and discuss the possibility of Freddie getting together and working with Ricky."
A source close to Roach said Schaefer had indicated that Hatton was miserable with Mayweather and was unhappy that Mayweather had arrived late for several workouts.