Floyd Mayweather today urged “gun-shot” Ricky Hatton to retire and absolved his controversial trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr of any blame for the defeat by Manny Pacquiao.
Hatton was taken to hospital following his brutal two-round demolition by Pacquiao nearly three weeks ago and is now considering his future.
It was Mayweather who inflicted Hatton’s first career loss in 2007 with the American then entering a spell of retirement that will end when he meets Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas on July 18.
Speaking on the London stop of a world tour to promote his showdown with Marquez, Mayweather claimed Hatton had already taken too much punishment and also criticised his lifestyle in between fights.
“Ricky’s career was over in 2007 when he met me,” said Mayweather.
“He was a gutsy, tough champ but there’s a time in every boxer’s career when they must hang it up.
“He was knocked out bad twice – by me and Pacquiao. They were two devastating defeats. He’s been in a lot of tough fights and taken some big shots.
“Against me he was macho because he was undefeated and had his whole country behind them but he still took some big shots.
“Gaining weight and drinking – you can’t have that sort of lifestyle in boxing. You have to take your job seriously.
“I don’t think Ricky should fight again. I wouldn’t fight him again, even at Wembley.
“It would be like picking on a guy that we call ’gun-shot, gun-shot’.
“Once you’ve been knocked out in the way he was by me, it’s always in the back of your mind that it can happen again. His head won’t be the same.”
Hatton’s training camp in the build up to the Pacquiao fight was undermined by a deteriorating relationship with Mayweather Sr.
Reports state that Mayweather Sr consistently arrived late for training and failed to show up on the night of the fight until Hatton was having his hands bandaged.
But Mayweather Jr insisted Hatton only had himself to blame for the defeat and questioned the credentials of his assistant trainer Lee Beard.
“That fight wasn’t my father’s gameplan. I know my father and that wasn’t his gameplan,” he said.
“I don’t want everyone over here ripping my father to shreds. It wasn’t his fault. My dad told him to go out, relax, use his jab and be smart. It wasn’t my dad’s fault.
“There this other trainer Lee Beard and Ricky was listening to him. No disrespect to Lee but has he fought before?
“A lot of the time trainers try to tell fighters what to do without having been in combat. My dad has been in combat before.”