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Hatton: Pacquiao should step away

Hatton watched on last Saturday as Pacquiao was laid out by Juan Manuel Marquez in similar fashion to himself, ironically against the Filipino, and now thinks the time is right for the multi-weight champion to hang up his gloves and enjoy his retirement.

“The only advice I could give Manny Pacquiao is that his legacy is already secured,” stated Hatton form Hong Kong, where is currently promoting an event. “The thing is with us fighters is that there is always one more fight.

“What’s he going to achieve by having one more fight? Probably nothing. He’s an eight-weight world champion and there’s nothing more to be said.

“You’d like to see him go into retirement and spend some time with his family and be happy. He can’t do any more from a boxing point of view.”

On his own chances of getting back in the ring in the future, Hatton was pretty blunt in his response: “I won’t be fighting again. I got what I wanted from my comeback even though it ended in a defeat. I needed to find out if I still had it, and I haven’t got it, and I can move on now,” he confirmed.

Pacquiao, 33, is already deeply emerged in politics in his home country and had discussed the possibility of taking stock of his career in late 2013 before the knockout. It now remains to be seen whether that may happen any sooner as calls are heard for a fifth fight with Marquez.