Sep 14 2012
Ricky Hatton will strive to earn the nation's pride again after announcing that he is coming out of retirement.
The Hyde fighter has suffered a series of issues in his private life since his last fight saw him knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in their 2009 IBO light-welterweight title fight in Las Vegas. Hatton insists he did not want to see those demons tarnish his legacy in the sport.
He said: "It's been well documented what's happened to me since the last time you saw me in a boxing ring. I suffered a two-round demolition to Manny Pacquiao in my last fight and nobody wants to see their career end that way."
He added: "Consequently it pushed me into retirement which I never really wanted to do, and what happened to me in the last three years came because of what happened to me in that fight and the manner of that defeat."
Hatton was the subject of allegations of cocaine abuse two years ago and within days he was admitted to a rehabilitation facility. Drink and depression were major issues for Hatton at the time.
"I don't want people telling my kids that I blew it," Hatton said on Friday as it was announced he would return to the ring on November 24 in Manchester.
"I want my kids to be able to say, 'He was a world champion, he had his problems, but my did he bounce back'. I want people to be proud of me again. I want British sport, my kids and my fans and my friends to be proud of me."
Hatton will have Manchester-based trainer Bob Shannon in his corner for the November fight, and it was Shannon's back-to-basics approach which appealed to the former two-weight world champion.
"I'm in the best shape I've ever been in 12 weeks before a fight because I'm making up for three years of lost time," Hatton said. "Bob's been a good friend of mine and I've been watching him coach from a distance for a number of years and his method of training is the old-school way I like to train."
The Hatton camp were tight-lipped on who his opponent might be, with several names seemingly in the frame at this stage. An announcement is expected within the next fortnight.