By Edward Chaykovsky
Ricky Hatton is baffled by "Sugar" Shane Mosley's decision to return to the ring this coming Saturday night in a rematch against Ricardo Mayorga at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.
Mosley (47-9-1-39 KOs), who is nearly 44-years-old and inactive for nearly two years, is bankrolling the fight with his personal promotional company and says he is financially sound.
Hatton himself made an ill-advised return in 2012 after a three year layoff, and quickly went back into retirement after suffering a knockout loss. Hatton recently pleaded with close friend Oscar de la Hoya, who was pondering the idea of a comeback but eventually ruled out the idea.
"Mosley is due to fight Ricardo Mayorga and it's mind-boggling," Hatton told Sky Sports. "It's not like my comeback, where I felt I had let people down. He was a model professional who has been in some great fights and doesn't need the money.
"Oscar had his troubles and so do I so you can understand us wanting a match to redeem ourselves but Shane has been a great servant, has got the money and it's just a mind-boggler. It felt the same in the gym. The sparring was great and the training great but like all fighters have said, when the bell goes in the ring it hits home that you haven't got it any more."
"After one or two rounds, I knew I wasn't the same fighter. That's what happened to most of the fighters. My comeback was a defeat but it was a success because I fought all my demons and got back in shape. I'm sure Oscar had his reasons why he wanted to make a comeback. You then hear Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank saying they want to make a comeback but you don't want to see those guys get hurt.
"It's all we know. It's all we've done our working life and it's very hard to say goodbye. I started when I was 10 and it was my main job when I left school. Then all of a sudden when you haven't got it any more, it's very difficult."