Ricky Hatton is Coming Out of Retirement: Might Fight Amir Khan

Joe OneillCorrespondent IIJanuary 12, 2010

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Professional boxer Ricky Hatton attends the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Britannia Stadium on October 31, 2009 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
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Ricky Hatton has apparently decided to end his self-imposed retirement...to the surprise of almost no one.

Hatton is rumored to be in negotiations with Amir Khan; interesting because Khan and Hatton are very good friends.

Apparently not good enough to avoid trying to destroy each other in the ring.

To add even more intrigue to the story, Hatton is rumored to have approached Freddie Roach to train him.

Hatton was obviously impressed at how Roach trained Manny Pacquiao in their match that resulted in Hatton getting knocked out in the second round.

I'm not sure this make sense. Not only does Roach already train Amir Khan, he's on record saying that Hatton should stay retired.

“Obviously Ricky has to make his own mind up about coming back or retiring, but I’d be a little bit concerned about training Ricky now," said Roach.

"He has suffered two bad knockouts, to the two top fighters of this generation, but if he had come to me a few years ago, I could really have worked with him,” Roach continued.

There's a possibility that Hatton could work with his old trainer Billy Graham. However, that relationship seems to have turned increasingly acrimonious after Hatton dumped Graham and signed up Floyd Mayweather Sr. to train him for the Pacquiao fight.

Mayweather Sr. and Hatton engaged in a very public "blame game" for who was responsible for the Pacquiao fiasco.

Graham has gone on record that he thinks Hatton should stay retired.

At 31, and with a habit at putting on as much as 35 lbs between matches (as the above photo will attest), it's debatable how much he has left. 

It will also be interesting to see if his loyal fan base will continue to follow him after the Pacquiao fight. Many were understandably upset after flying 6,000 miles for a second round KO.

But, let's face it, Hatton is a fighter. It's all he knows and it's all he has.

Personally, if I were Khan, I would be licking my chops at a chance to fight Hatton.

He's a known name and it would, more than likely, be a massive fight in the UK (the home of the both fighters).

Another name that has been rumored is Juan Manuel Marquez. Perhaps a better match-up, Marquez is the smaller man, is 36, and didn't look to be the same devastating fighter he once was against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

At any rate, it's good to have Hatton back in the sport. He's a true character and his fans are the best in the business.