Entertaining Hatton confirms retirement
Former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton announced Thursday his retirement from boxing.
The 32-year-old's last fight was his defeat to Manny Pacquiao in 2009.
Despite being linked with several big-name fights since then, the "Hitman" called time on his glittering 14-year professional career.
His retirement ended a career that saw him achieve success at welterweight and light-welterweight level.
Hatton beat Jon Thaxton to become the British light-welterweight champion in 2000 and went on to dominate the division, with his most notable victory at that weight coming in 2005 against IBF champion Kostya Tszyu. Hatton then beat Carlos Maussa before moving up to welterweight, where he defeated Luis Collazo to claim the WBA title.
Rapidly earning a reputation as one of Britain's most popular sportsmen, Hatton went on to challenge WBC kingpin Mayweather in Las Vegas — only to be stopped in the 10th round.
Undeterred by his first loss, he returned to winning ways with victories over Juan Lazcano and Paulie Malignaggi before facing pound-for-pound champion Pacquiao. They met at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in May 2009, when Hatton was knocked out cold in the second round to leave him with a 45-2, 32 KOs record.