Ricky Hatton: My Main Goal is Redemption, Not Money

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

RICKY HATTON has come out of retirement to claim redemption in the ring.

‘The Hitman’ has not fought for three years, but yesterday confirmed his comeback, as ­exclusively revealed by Starsport last month.

The former two-time world champion insists his return has nothing to do with money, though – he just wants to make his kids proud of their dad again.

Hatton, 33, said: “It’s all about me redeeming myself. I don’t want my children remembering me as a champion whose life turned to s**t.”

Hatton’s last fight ended with a second-round knockout at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.

“I want them to remember me as a fighter who came back and did himself proud,” said Hatton of his two children, Campbell and Millie.

“I became so depressed after Pacquiao because I thought I let my fans down, I felt I let myself down, I felt I let my family and kids down.

“Is my return for money? No, it’s to redeem myself. It’s to make everyone proud of me.

“If I can do that, from where I was, then I’d like to think that even my harshest critic would say fair play.

“I felt I let my family down, my fans down and the whole country down in that Pacquiao fight and now I want to put things right.”

Since that defeat, Hatton has battled to overcome drug and alcohol problems, depression and thoughts of suicide.

He officially retired in July last year, but has lost more than three stone ahead of a November 24 fight at the ­Manchester Arena.

The welterweight said: “I had personal ­problems, not just boxing problems. Things were going on with my life.

“I was walking round, even when I wasn’t having a drink, and I was having blackouts. I was losing weeks and months of my life.

“I had a fall out with my old trainer Billy Graham, one of my best mates. That was heartbreaking.

“With all those other things happening, when depression starts, everything goes like that. My life turned to muck.

“The fact that I’m here today, after my suicidal thoughts and depression, is a win. If anyone has had depression, they will tell you that’s what it’s like.”

Hatton has all of his old enthusiasm back after working as a trainer to his own stable of boxers.

He said: “Without doubt, that has done it for me. I am ready for action again and I want to get back in the world title mix.

“Las Vegas? Without doubt! I don’t want a fight just to comeback – I’ve got to fight someone, I’ve got to challenge. I’ve got to fight someone who will put me in a world ranking.

“Yes, I want this comeback to succeed. Believe me, that is my desire and my determination. I want to get back to the top.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by WESS on 09-15-2012

The problem is, Mayweather proved he could not handle the elite. This resulted in Hatton firing his entire career long team. The rest is history... If he's making a come back he can stick with second rate fighters like he…

Comment by mrpleaseplease on 09-15-2012

if redemption is beating b grade fighters then maby you can do it ricky. dont see how beating paulie featherfists is redemption for getting beaten by floyd and destroyed by pacman but i never could figure out a coke heads…

Comment by Lac'em up on 09-15-2012

Wouldn't mind seeing Hatton vs. Marquez, Hatton vs. Lopez, Hatton vs. Garcia, just to see what he can do. Not sure he can do much of anything at this point, but the last thing boxers lose is their pride.

Comment by chloelloyd on 09-15-2012

[QUOTE=CHOWWOKKA;12512493]yep sure okay w.e pal You are going to rematch Manny? And then take on Floyd? He is still on coke imo[/QUOTE] Respect your opinions. But that's a bit harsh on someone like Hatton. He never disrespected anybody, he always…

Comment by CHOWWOKKA on 09-15-2012

[QUOTE=MamaHuevo;12512690]Don't need to chump I have a real rep not a fantasy one over a computer like u loser.[/QUOTE] Well then you better get on your real rep... Go on kick roxxx

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