Thursday, May 21, 2009

Should Ricky Hatton Hang Up His Gloves?

Quite a bit of speculation has surrounded "The Hitman" lately on whether he should retire or not. Ricky Hatton was blown out of the water earlier this month by Manny Pacquiao via 2nd round KO.

Floyd Mayweather Jr., the only other man to best Hatton in the ring recently said, "Ricky's career was over in 2007 when he met me.

"He was a gutsy, tough champ but there's a time in every boxer's career when they must hang it up.

"He was knocked out bad twice - by me and Pacquiao. They were two devastating defeats. He's been in a lot of tough fights and taken some big shots.

"I don't think Ricky should fight again. I wouldn't fight him again, even at Wembley."

So there you have it. Floyd Mayweather Jr., one of the sport's best and biggest draws said he would not fight Hatton again, even at Wembley stadium - and I agree with Floyd. Hatton now has two losses on his resume, and you could argue that Hatton is damaged goods. Floyd Mayweather Jr. would stand to gain nothing in a rematch with Ricky Hatton.

Floyd Mayweather Sr., Ricky's trainer the last two times out, has also called on Hatton to pack it in.

So, is Ricky Hatton 'damaged goods,' maybe past his prime? Or is it simply a case of going up against a human wrecking ball named, Manny Pacquiao? It is too early to tell.

What Ricky Hatton needs to do, is go for a long vacation and answer all these questions himself. It has long been his dream to become the number one pound for pound fighter in the world. That reality is now washed away.

In my opinion, Hatton needs a new trainer; one more fight for his loyal fans at home, then call it a career.

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