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02.12.07 Ricky has no plans to retire...

Ricky Hatton insists he is not thinking about retirement and insisted Floyd Mayweather would have to 'kill' him to hang on to his WBC world welterweight crown.

Ricky Hatton

The two undefeated fighters clash in Las Vegas next weekend for the biggest fight of the Manchester 'Hitman's career.

But there has already been speculation that Hatton, 29, might consider quitting if he grabs Mayweather's crown.

But speaking from Las Vegas on BBC's Sportsweek programme today, Hatton said: "You cannot go higher than beating the best there is. But I would be a fool talking about next fights before this one has happened.

"I'd be a fool to contemplate retiring after this one, you don't know how you will feel. There are a lot of big fights out there.

"I am still only 29 and have plenty to offer. And when you start talking about retirement you already have one foot out of the door.

"I'm not saying there is no question I will retire. There are loads of big fights still there for me, I am not about to make a decision before the biggest fight of my life."

He added: "My blinkers are on, I have my eyes on the prize and there is no one else on my mind expect Floyd Mayweather.

"I am 200% certain I am going to win, I will put every penny I have in the bank on me winning this fight, I really do think he will have to kill me to make me leave him alone for a split second.

"I will show controlled aggression and my heart is just going to destroy him."

Hatton has been unmoved by the seemingly non-stop verbal assaults that have come from Mayweather, 30, in the build-up to the battle that will decide who is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Hatton says: "From what I have seen, you can't really like him. I don't know how serious he is or how much he means the things he says. With Floyd you have to take everything he says with a pinch of salt.

"That is his way, he loves controversy. But I couldn't care less, to be honest.

"And he knows that. He came to Manchester for the promotional tour and with my usual witty, sarcastic self I pulled him to bits. He knows when he looks into my eyes that he has a fighter who believes he can win.

"He sees a fighter that doesn't fear him. When I look at Floyd I don't think of the bad-mouthing he has given me or what he has been saying. I just see the title of the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world dangling round his neck, and I want to rip it from his neck."

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