In the recent past, a ton of articles have been fueling the rumors suggesting that Ricky Hatton is thinking about making a comeback to the ring. This would indeed be very exciting news, as Hatton is a very solid and exciting fighter.
His boxing career, I feel, was cut short prematurely, as he stopped fighting right after his brutal knockout by Manny Pacquiao.
Fighters lose. This happens, but most strive to climb back to the top and use their loss as a learning experience and motivation.
Hatton, on the other hand, went spiraling down into the unhealthy world of drugs and alcohol.
Seeing him fit and hearing about the possibility of his comeback thrilled a lot of boxing fans, but unfortunately, it seems like it was nothing but an empty rumor, or at least that’s what Hatton’s agent, Paul Speak, said in a Sky Sports piece:
There's no announcement and it is a rehash of an old story. He's not had any talks with any other fighter about a comeback that I am aware of. He's lost about three stone which is down to him training other boxers. He's lost weight because he's living a clean lifestyle and training other boxers, not because he's training for a fight. People are speculating but he is just keeping fit and has not made any decision on a comeback. There's no story.
Either Mr. Speak is pulling our chains in an attempt to keep this news at bay until a final decision and statement have been prepared or the speculations of Hatton’s comeback came from an unreliable and uninformed source to begin with.
Thinking about Hatton’s comeback and how successful he could turn out to be, I would not be opposed to the idea and think that there are a whole lot of fighters out there who could pave Hatton’s road back to the top.
Coming back is never easy, as you have to show the world that you mean business. Otherwise, with even a single lackluster performance, a fighter’s stock would plummet fast.
Hopefully, we could get some clarification on the situation from Hatton himself, and maybe we are in for a surprise.