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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Hatton's Father: Decision On Boxing Future Up To Ricky

AHN Sports Staff

London, England (AHN) - The decision on whether he would continue boxing following Saturday's brutal second-round knockout loss to Manny Pacquiao is all up to Ricky Hatton, the Briton's father said Sunday.

"Obviously we will support him in whatever he does," Ray Hatton told Sky Sports. "And we'll leave that with him."

"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," the older Hatton added.

Ricky Hatton lied down sprawled on the MGM Grand canvas in Las Vegas after taking a ferocious left cross from the Filipino pound-for-pound king and later was brought to a nearby hospital for precautionary reasons.

Ray Hatton said the former IBO and The Ring light welterweight champ is doing well after Saturday's fight.

What remains unclear, though, are the days beyond for the former undefeated fighter out of Manchester, England.

"I know privately in a few months' time what he'll be thinking but I wouldn't like to say because I don't want to be putting him under undue pressure. He'll make the decision," Hatton's father said, according to Sky Sports.

By deciding against retirement, Ricky Hatton could avoid the ignonimy of being the second straight Pacquiao victim to call it quits from boxing.

Most recently, Oscar De La Hoya walked away from the sport only five months after taking a beating from Pacquiao.

But one thing going against Hatton in resuming his career is his nasty exit from the ring Saturday.

He's never been defeated at 140 pounds nor was he taken out in such a speedy and ghastly manner. The setback was so devastating that even his trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. said it's time to quit.

The older Mayweather urged "The Hitman" to retire and leave the ring. Going away while at your prime is the thing to do, the cocky trainer said.


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