Hatton had suicidal thoughts after KO

Ricky Hatton had suicidal thoughts after knockout loss

Former British world champion boxer Ricky Hatton revealed Thursday how he contemplated suicide after being knocked out by superstar Manny Pacquiao in a Las Vegas title fight.

The "Hitman" told the BBC he suffered from depression following the crushing IBO light-welterweight world title defeat in 2009 as his life descended into a battle against drugs and alcohol.

"Being a proud man and a warrior, to get splattered in two rounds like I did, was really hard to come to terms with," he said. "When I tried to get back into training, I realized the hunger was gone and my career was over."

Hatton, who confirmed his retirement in July and now runs a promoting business, said being exposed as a drug taker by a tabloid newspaper in 2010 was a blessing in disguise.

"For someone in my position taking drugs once is nothing short of disgraceful," he said. "The reason behind my actions and the way I was behaving wasn't a drink or drugs thing, it was depression. I was so down, I was crying and breaking out and contemplating suicide."

The 32-year-old added, "Depression is a very serious thing. People don't realize how deadly it can be."

The former two-weight world champion's only other defeat in his 47-fight career came as a welterweight against American star Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2007.