by T.K. Stewart
It's been nearly six weeks since Manny Pacquiao knocked Ricky Hatton cold in Las Vegas, and since then “The Hitman” has been vague in regards to his future plans as a prizefighter. He was expected to have announced by now whether he will hang up the gloves for good or continue on.
A month ago Hatton, “That I'll know better in a couple weeks” when it came to his future. But so far he has made no announcement which is leading many to speculate that he is struggling with his decision.
In the meantime, Hatton has spent time away on a family vacation and he recently opened a new, state of the art $4 million health and fitness gym in Hyde. He is also beginning a boxing promotional company in which he hopes to sign some big name talent.
Whispers emanating from the Hatton inner circle indicate that his family, particularly his soon to be wife Jennifer Dooley, and his mother Carol, are hoping that he chooses the retirement option.
Hatton's father, Ray, said last month that whatever his son decides the decision will be all his. “Well, the thing is, Ricky is now 30 years old and it's a big decision to make. For us, for his family, whatever decision he makes, we'll be behind him all the way.”
Hatton has mentioned that if his decision is to retire that he will have lots on his plate to keep his mind off actually fighting. He would like to open more gyms and he is moving full steam ahead with his boxing promotional company.
Gareth Williams has been named CEO of Hatton Promotions and he says they are ready, willing and able to make an immediate impact. They have already signed a deal with Sky Sports for eight future broadcasts.
“If there are any fighters out there who aren't under a promotional arrangement with somebody else, then we are now in the market and in the business to speak with those fighters,” said Williams. “We're close with Golden Boy Promotions and it's exciting times for British fighters. We believe we can offer the best of British talent a great opportunity, not only here in England, but also in America.”
With millions in earnings over the past few years, a record of 45-2, 32 knockouts, and having won multiple title belts at 140 and 147 pounds, many think now may be the best time for Hatton to call it a day.
Hatton, however, told Sky Sports last month that he wants to make the right call on his future.
“It was hugely disappointing to lose the way I did,” he said. “What I need to do, before I make any decision, is to let the dust settle, spend some time with my family and make a decision when my mind is in a little bit better place.”
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