Ricky Hatton hails his supporters as "the best fight fans in the world" as the Brits hit Las Vegas in force.
Last Updated: 27/04/09 8:12am
Ricky Hatton is back out in Las Vegas preparing for another crack at the pound-for-pound title.
In the build-up to May 2 you can follow the Hitman's every move with his exclusive fight diary on sykysports.com.
Scroll down for Ricky's latest entry as we take you right behind the scenes...
Thursday, April 23
I have started to have a lie-in now in the morning because I am running at night to allow my body to adjust to the time I will fight over here.
At the gym today I did some tactical work with Floyd and Lee Beard and everything is bang on target. It's just a matter of fine-tuning one or two things.
After training we called in at the supermarket. I bought some more dvds and some clothes; it's not bad here - you can all but get a full summer outfit for a tenner (well almost)!
Afterwards, I went back to the apartment to do some interviews over the phone. Following our meal I went down to Sunset Park for a run, before taking an early night.
Friday, April 24
Today is the last day of my hard weeks. All the fitness and conditioning training has paid off and I am feeling really good. Lots of British people are starting to arrive in Vegas now for the fight.
I spoke with my dad, Ray, and he told me that the fight is officially a sell out. I am expecting between 10,000 and 15,000 Brits to come over for the fight.
I might not have won the title pound-for-pound best fighter in the world when I fought Floyd Jnr, but one title I have without doubt is the best fight fans in the world.
My management team has negotiated a Ricky Hatton signature range and I took delivery of one of the first samples today. I am impressed. That reminds me my own brand 'Hatton' hits the streets soon.
With a big fight there is always commemorative merchandise around and I saw the design for the Hatton v Pacquiao fight.
It's been done by R Slone and the design features on the cover of this month's Ring Magazine. I saw Richard today at the Mandalay Bay hotel and signed some original artwork for the fight after we had a coffee.
At night we had our meal and following a game of cards we all went down to Sunset Park and did a run.
The park was packed with kids camping out, families, boy scouts, army cadets, the place was rammed. 24/7 filmed the run from a golf buggy.