Hatton’s finest hour came in June 2005 when he beat the fighter regarded at the time as the best pound for pound pugilist around in Kostya Tszyu and claim the IBF light welterweight crown in an unforgettable night in his home town of Manchester.
That year, Hatton was named the 2005 Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year.
But now The Hitman wanted to test himself against the best of the best and he got the fight he wanted against a boxer not only a great in his time but considered one of the best fighters to ever grace a ring, Floyd Mayweather.
In his next fight he again stepped up to the pound for pound plate when he stepped in the ring with Manny Pacquiao, again a fighter considered by many to be the best around together with Mayweather. Unfortunately for Hatton that night the Pac-Man was sensational and he was not brutally getting knocked out in the second round, He hasn’t fought since.
Ricky is now a successful boxing promoter in his own right and seems to be enjoying his new career on the safe side of the ropes, he is putting something back into the game that gave him so much, but at the moment is not ready to give boxing back Ricky Hatton.
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