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Ricky Hatton: " I Never Recovered From The First Punch"

By Mark Vester

Ricky Hatton says that he never recovered from the first punch that Manny Pacquiao was able to land last Saturday in Las Vegas, the counter right hand, that sent the Manchester fighter down for the first time in the fight, not long into the first round of their bout at the MGM Grand.

Pacquiao knocked him out cold in the second round. The first loss of his career, a tenth round TKO to Floyd Mayweather Jr in December 2007 was tough. The second loss is proving to be just as tough to take.

"I am absolutely devastated. My head is in bits. I didn’t think I could cry anymore than after the Floyd Mayweather Jnr loss, but I certainly have. Pacquiao knocked me down from practically the first punch he threw and I never recovered," Hatton told The Sun.

"Maybe my attitude was wrong because I always wear my heart on my sleeve and I was straight in there. Maybe if I had gone a few rounds I could have won, but there was nothing I could do about it. I have felt worse after hard 12-round fights, because it was over that quickly and physically I have never felt better."

It was said to the paper by Hatton's mother, that Ricky wants a farewell fight in England.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by NorvernRob on 05-08-2009

You can get off Pacquiao's willy now.

Comment by znarfv_y2k8 on 05-08-2009

[QUOTE=Hitman88;5240879]On a side note, I see some people saying that Pac somehow outshined Mayweather's win over Hatton b/c he ko'd him sooner which is ridiculous. They're two totally diff fighters w/ two totally diff approaches to boxing which will usually…

Comment by znarfv_y2k8 on 05-08-2009

[QUOTE=Hitman88;5240879]On a side note, [B]I see some people saying that Pac somehow outshined Mayweather's win over Hatton b/c he ko'd him sooner [B]which is ridiculous[/B].[/B] They're two totally diff fighters w/ two totally diff approaches to boxing which will usually…

Comment by Pullcounter on 05-08-2009

[QUOTE=Hitman88;5240879]On a side note, I see some people saying that Pac somehow outshined Mayweather's win over Hatton b/c he ko'd him sooner which is ridiculous. They're two totally diff fighters w/ two totally diff approaches to boxing which will usually…

Comment by syphillis on 05-08-2009

I wonder if Pac bet money on himself like he did when he fought Oscar. If he did the return wouldn't have been much since he was the favorite.

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