Floyd Mayweather will beat Manny Pacquiao, says Ricky Hatton

Hatton: Mayweather will beat Pacquiao… I couldn't hit the f***** with confetti!

Ricky Hatton has backed Floyd Mayweather to beat Manny Pacquiao if the rivals finally meet in the ring.

The two camps are keen to tie up a $100million deal to square up in Las Vegas on May 5 before Mayweather goes to prison.

Ready to rumble: Floyd Mayweather wants to face Manny Pacquiao on May 5

Ready to rumble: Floyd Mayweather wants to face Manny Pacquiao on May 5

British legend Hatton, who suffered the only defeats of his career to the pair, believes Mayweather would prove too good for Pacquiao.

On Twitter he wrote: 'Im hearing real progress is being made making pacman n mayweather, great news. I fancy mayweather.

'PAC nailed me as I was reckless, again. But Floyd was technically exceptional. I couldn't hit the F***** with a handfull of confetti. Ha ha.'

Mayweather first called out his Filipino rival on Twitter but Pacquiao's camp said they would prefer to wait until a 45,000 seat boxing stadium is completed in Las Vegas.

That would push the fight back until the end of May but Mayweather has been relentless in his pursuit of the WBO welterweight champion.

Brutal: Ricky Hatton was knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in 2009

Brutal: Ricky Hatton was knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in 2009

'I don't want to fight anybody but him [Pacquiao],' he told Fight Hype. 'I don't want to fight [Miguel] Cotto, not Canelo [Saul Alvarez] and I ain't looking to fight [Juan Manuel] Marquez a second time.

'I'm not trying to fight [Robert] Guerrero. I fought a southpaw, I fought [Victor] Ortiz. Ortiz was a tune up preparing me for Pacquiao because I thought that fight was going to happen and it's the fight I want to give the world.

'I'm looking to fight Manny Pacquiao, why is he duckin' and dodgin' me

'I mean, you say you're a clean athlete, I'm a clean athlete. Let's take the tests and let's fight.'

Mayweather insisted he is ready to fight on May 5 and is just waiting on Pacquiao agreeing terms.

'This fight is already sold,' he added. 'All he gotta do is sign on the dotted line.

Top of the range: Mayweather was too good for Hatton in 2007

Top of the range: Mayweather was too good for Hatton in 2007

'Everyone knows that all my business is handled in a professional manner.'

Heanwhile, Hatton insists that is will never return to the ring after suffering brutal beatings by both me.

He was knocked out by Mayweather in the 10th round of their meeting in Las Vegas in 2007, and then suffered a second-round knockout against Pacquiao 18 months later.

He added on Twitter: 'Few people have asked but no I wont be fighting again. Want get my enjoyment now bringing one through. I won 4 world titles in 2 weights.

'The Only thing I would want to achieve is no1 pound 4 pound. And that clearly isn't gonna happen is it I give it a go twice, but that's that now.'