By Mark Vester
It seems Ricky Hatton may take the Shane Mosley route in terms of sitting back and waiting for a major fight to come along. Recently WBA junior welterweight champion Amir Khan and his handlers seemed to have some interest in calling Hatton out for an all-British battle, but Ricky said there was no interest on his end. Hatton has been on the shelf since suffering a brutal two-round knockout at the hands of Manny Pacquiao back in May. If Hatton does decide to return, he told Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer that if he ever comes back - he wants a big fight.
Eric Gomez, Golden Boy's Vice President, told BoxingScene.com's Robert Morales that Juan Manuel Marquez is one boxer that Hatton has a lot of interest in fighting. If Hatton would have beaten Pacquiao back in May, Marquez was being lined up as the fall opponent for Ricky. Things did not go Hatton's way and Marquez signed to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. on September 19. If Marquez is able to pull off the major upset, Hatton would like to fight him.
"What he has told Richard in the past is that if he ever comes back, he wants it to be a meaningful fight," Gomez said. "He doesn't want to be anybody's steppingstone. He has expressed interest that if Marquez can pull off the fight against Mayweather, he would want to fight Marquez. And Marquez has been wanting to fight him for a year now. That's a possibility."
Taking the brutal knockout into consideration, Gomez tells BoxingScene that Hatton can still return and be a force in the sport. He used Arturo Gatti and Amir Khan as two examples of fighters who suffered bad defeats and still returned to become major players.
"I know that many fighters have been knocked out cold and they come back and they win titles. So you never know. Amir Khan (is one). You have guys like Arturo Gatti. How many times did he get knocked out? He came back and won big fights. So you can never count anybody out. There are guys that Ricky can still beat," Gomez said.
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