Manny Pacquiao Supports Ricky Hatton Comeback, Froch Not On-Board YetWritten by Lee Cleveland
While some are critical of Ricky Hatton's comeback, former foe Manny Pacquiao had some encouraging works for the British fighter dubbed "HitMan."
Earlier this week on ESPN, Manny Pacquiao stated, "I am happy for him. He still can fight and I am looking forward to watching his fight."
Ironically, it was Manny Pacquiao who put Hatton into retirement.
And after being sliced and diced inside of two rounds by the Filipino fight legend in May 2009, Ricky Hatton went on a two year hiatus before finally formally announcing his retirement last summer.
Pacquiao vs Hatton II?
When asked if a Hatton rematch was possible, Manny Pacquiao replied, "That's another story, I don't know. It depends on how decisions go with the promoter."
Of course Manny Pacquiao has bigger, more immediate endeavors on his mind these days. Promotion for Pacquiao vs Marquez IV on December 8th is in full swing with the Filipino eying a possible megafight with Floyd Mayweather Jr next year... But he must defeat Marquez first. No easy task!
Can Ricky Hatton make a successful return?
Fight aficionado and boxing watchdog Bernie Campbell told FightSaga earlier this week:
"He's (Hatton) is a disgrace to the Irish! His comeback will be like Winky Wright's (failed comeback)."
Also, IBF Super Middleweight Champion and fellow countryman Carl Froch also believes Ricky Hatton has made the wrong decision to re-start his boxing career.
"I think he should stay retired but who am I to tell him that?" Froch said on BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek.
"He's two years younger than me and only he will know if he can get himself into shape to compete at the top level again."
Froch added, "He doesn't live the life between fights. I'm a friend of Ricky Hatton's, I think he's great but if I was in his position I wouldn't fight."
Hatton will fight an opponent to be announced soon on November 24 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom.
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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