Fresh off his comeback announcement the former lineal 140 pound champion, Ricky “Hitman” Hatton of Manchester, England has given his reasons for his decision to comeback to boxing and why he lost by knockout on May, 2, 2009 to Filipino pound for pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
Ricky Hatton told Sporting Life that the reason he lost to Manny Pacquiao was because he was over trained and peaked to early due to a poor training camp with Floyd Mayweather Sr..
Hatton likened himself to a man going to the gallows that night against Pacquiao. Hatton felt he had an off night against Pacquiao and wants to prove it by coming back to the boxing ring.
“I don’t think Manny Pacquiao beat me at my best that night and that’s what is making me come back.” Hatton said.
Hatton also insists that he is not washed up and still has what it takes to compete with the best of them and face a world champion.
“I want to finish at the top and I want to fight a world champion, that’s why I have mentioned Juan Urango and Juan Manuel Marquez,” Hatton told the Sporting Life.
Ricky Hatton also believes he must prove himself worthy before getting another crack at a rematch with either Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao.
“But I don’t think I will be fighting Mayweather or Pacquiao – they are the pound-for-pound number ones and I don’t think I deserve to fight them until I redeem myself” said Hatton on the possibility of facing the two fighters who beat him.
No date or opponent has been announced but Hatton would like to fight sometime in the summer against top level competition. Hatton who is no longer working with Floyd Mayweather Sr. is still looking for a new trainer.
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