“I’ve got a problem with my legs,” said Ricky Hatton last week. “They just can’t walk past a chippy".
On the evidence of his Las Vegas debut on Saturday, they’re finding it increasingly difficult to make it through 12 rounds of world championship boxing.
The suspicion is that the two problems are not unrelated; that Hatton’s boozing and gorging between fights is catching up with him.
It was a point former featherweight great Barry McGuigan raised with me a few months back and other concerned former pros have since echoed this view.
For much of his clash with Juan Urango, Hatton was reduced to spoiling tactics, his early spark gradually snuffed out by his muscular Colombian opponent.
Hatton won of course, reclaiming his old IBF light welterweight belt with a gruelling points decision at the Paris Hotel.
But to hear Hatton’s trainer Billy Graham imploring him to hang on for the final nine minutes was proof, if proof were needed, that something was amiss.
The Hatton of two years ago, before his sensational win over then IBF title-holder Kostya Tszyu, would not have been running on fumes down the final straight.
Which leads us to the million dollar question: is Hatton on the slide? Indeed, has he been on the slide since his dismantling of Tszyu?
Winning the WBA crown from the limited Carlos Maussa proved harder than expected and he almost lost to WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo last May.
At this point, some readers will no doubt point out that his last three fights have resulted in three more world titles.
But Hatton has made much of his desire to build a lasting legacy against the world’s greatest fighters and not even his most ardent fans would suggest the opposition since Tszyu has been top-class.
“What’s the point of being the best fighter in the world if your mates think you’re an a**ehole?” Hatton also said recently.
One of those mates needs to take him aside, preferably before his planned showdown with Jose Luis Castillo in the summer, and deliver a couple of home truths.
Surely they can do without him down the Harehill Tavern for a while, at least until he's had the chance to make his legacy secure?