By Nick Giongco
Floyd Mayweather Sr. has a message for Manny Pacquiao. “Tic-Tac-Toe,” Mayweather recited over the phone to Fightnews and Manila Bulletin on Monday night. “Pacman hits the floor….you better stay down, if you want to be around,” said Mayweather, whose prized ward, British Ricky Hatton, is angling for Pacquiao’s mythical pound-for-pound title, on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “If there’s one guy who’ll fall down, it’s not going to be Ricky, but the Pacman,” said Mayweather. Because of Hatton’s daredevil style and relentless pressure, Mayweather said the fight is likely not to go 12 full rounds. “It could be short and it could be a long fight but it doesn’t matter (because Ricky will win),” said Mayweather, who was once a world-rated welterweight in the 1970s until he got beaten by Sugar Ray Leonard in 1978. Mayweather was born in Bronx, New York, became a two-time Michigan Golden Gloves titleholder and he eventually racked up a 29-6-1 win-loss-draw card as a pro from 1974 to 1990. In 1993, Mayweather began serving a five-year prison sentence at a Michigan federal penitentiary for interstate cocaine trafficking from 1987-1992. Before hooking up with Hatton for the Nov. 22, 2008 fight with Paulie Malignaggi, Mayweather used to train Oscar De La Hoya and his now-retired son Floyd Mayweather Jr.