Uncertain future in ring for Ricky Hatton, defeat to Pacquiao

The Mancunian pugilist known as the “Hitman,” a nickname shared with legendary American boxer Thomas Hearns, was defeated last night by Philippine champion Manny Pacquiao.
 
According to the Associated Press, Ricky Hatton’s father Ray claims that his son’s future is uncertain at this point, and that a decision to possibly retire after his second-round knockout to Manny Pacquiao in the heavily promoted match in Las Vegas is still pending.

Hatton was floored during the first round twice, and then suffered the knock out blow in the second round, laid out by Pacquiao’s left hook.

This was Hatton’s second defeat in 47 fights.

The AP reports that Hatton was checked for brain injury at a nearby hospital after the fight.

“He’s perfectly all right,” Ray Hatton told BBC Radio Five on Sunday. “They’ve checked him out. He’s had all the tests and everything. He’s not got a mark on him.”

Whether or not the popular British fighter carries on in the sport is up in the air, according to his father.

“Obviously, we will support him in whatever he does and we’ll leave that with him,” Hatton said to the BBC Radio Five reporter. “At this moment in time, he’s probably got a few mixed feelings about it. He’ll make that decision whichever way he wants to and the family will support him.

“I don’t think he would let anybody make that decision for him. He would make it himself, that’s one thing I am absolutely certain of. He’s very, very strong willed.”

Hatton’s trainer for the fight was Floyd Mayweather Sr.

“I would suggest he retire. At the end of the day, it’s his decision,” Mayweather Sr. said. “He tried twice. He failed twice. He lost to my son and to lose to someone below that, it’s time to leave the ring. He made a good profit. Sometimes you have to go when your prime is still there.” 

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