Former two-division world champion Ricky Hatton finally put the rumors to rest today, holding a press conference to announce that on November 24, at Manchester Arena, he will officially make his return to the ring after last fighting over three years go. "It's great to be back," Hatton proclaimed.
"It's been well-documented what, you know, has happened to me since the last time everyone saw me in a boxing ring. You know, it was the 2-round demolition of Manny Pacquiao, which nobody wants to end their career that day, consequently put me in a retirement, which I never really ever wanted to do, and it was well-documented what has happened to me personally over the last three years because of the manner of that last defeate. And basically, I think my life had turend to mush," Hatton explained. "When I get my fighters a British title shot, or a European title, and a world title shot, it gives me a huge massive buzz, but it still didn't fill the gap. And then I decided to take a trainer's license out and I was in the gym every day of the week, you know, passing on my knowledge, what I've learned in the game, to my fighters, I think that just started the fire burning, to be honest with you."
"Listen, I'm not coming back to fight at 4-round level and 6-round level; I want to fight for world titles," he added. "I box to live now...Ricky Hatton is redeeming himself...after three years out and the manner of my last defeat, the only way I'm going to convince you is by flattening someone on November 24th, and that's what I'm here to day."