Ricky ‘’The Hitman’’ Hatton announced his retirement from boxing today – two years after his last fight.
The 32-year-old Mancunian, former two-weight world champion had been linked with several big-name fights since losing to Manny Pacquaio in Las Vegas in May 2009. A rematch with Pacquiao and a clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr were mentioned but Hatton has quit with a 45 win – 32 via knockouts – two loss record at welterweight and light-welterweight.
He lost his licence following allegations of cocaine use in 2010 and has since carved out a new career as a boxing promoter.
Holding back the tears, Hatton said today: “I am very upset. It’s a very sad day. I know it is the right decision. I’ve known it was the right thing to do for 18 months to be honest.
“It’s a bit of a relief to finally do it. It’s been hovering over my head for such a long time. These last two years have been really frustrating. I hit rock bottom and it almost drove me insane.
“There’s nothing more I love than training for a fight but I have no dreams left now.”