Ricky Hatton denies Marco Antonio Barrera contact, names second option

Ricky Hatton

Stacey Verbeek

Former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton has explained why he wants to fight again at 43. ‘The Hitman’ stated his inspiration as Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr.

Tyson and Jones fought during the pandemic returning to action with both in their fifties. Despite previously dismissing the idea of another fight himself, Hatton is now coming around to the notion.

The last time he fought back in 2012, Hatton had been off three years. He pocketed a cool $2 million when losing to Vyacheslav Senchenko.

With the current trend of YouTubers and ex-champions in a fad stage, Hatton aims to take advantage of being one of the younger stars to consider it.

On his reasons why he made a u-turn, Hatton told Metro.co.uk about his plans.

“Since the Tyson vs. Jones Jr fight came off, I’ve been saying if anyone approaches me, I would always look at it.

“At least everyone knows what it is. It is an exhibition and nothing more, a competitive move-around. If anyone wants to approach me, I would be up for it.

“People have asked me the question, and I wouldn’t be averse to it if one of my heroes comes forward.”

RICKY HATTON OPPONENT

Discussing reports that Marco Antonio Barrera would be his opponent, Hatton named a second option when denying any contact was made.

“We haven’t heard anything yet. I don’t know if anyone is planning to approach me, but I would have no problem doing it.

“It is a straightforward answer. I would, of course, consider having a little move around with a Marco Barrera or a Juan Manuel Marquez or someone like that.

“But up to now, nothing has been forthcoming. I’m not saying I’m not up for it.”

Manny Pacquiaio Ricky Hatton
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MANNY PACQUIAO

Hatton initially retired in 2009 when losing badly to former Marquez rival Manny Pacquiao. He suffered mental problems and alcohol abuse due to the manner of his loss.

The Senchenko fight was supposed to wipe away the memory of his knockout to Pacquiao. To an extent, it did, as he finished the fight, able to move and walk around to thank the fans.

But a loss is a loss for Hatton. An exhibition against Barrera or Marquez would be an opportunity for the Manchester hero to walk away with a draw.

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