Former IBF light-welterweight champion, Ricky Hatton, went through some tough times after he decided to hang up his gloves in 2009, and the heavy-handed Brit spoke candidly about his trials during a recent interview with BBC Radio Five Live, per Boxingscene.com
“I was near to a nervous breakdown; depression, suicidal,” Hatton said. “Most mornings my girlfriend would have to come downstairs and take a knife out of my hand. I had a knife at my wrists. I was in a really bad way, just hysterically crying for no reason. … I’ve always liked a little bit of a drink, but my drinking had gone way off the Richter scale. I was having black-outs. … Even when I was stone cold sober, I was trying to kill myself. The real lowest point was when my little girl came along, who is a year old now.”
Ricky’s guilt stems from his losses to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, as “The Hitman” feels he let down British boxing fans when it mattered the most. However, every man that has dared to face Mayweather has suffered defeat, and there isn’t any shame in losing to a heavy-handed puncher like Pacquiao — especially back in 2009, when the Filipino congressman was still a beast.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t help Ricky Hatton a bit when it comes to dealing with his depression.
“I feel sad because I feel ashamed of myself,” Hatton added. “It doesn’t matter how many people say, ‘Ricky, everyone has problems and you got beaten by Mayweather and Pacquiao, who are the two best fighters of our generation. You did the country proud.’ That’s very kind of people to say, but they don’t have to deal with this little fella who sits on my shoulder every day telling me that I’m a failure and I’ve let my family and my fans down and British sport, British boxing.”
Ricky Hatton is currently set to make his return against Vyacheslav Senchenko on Nov. 24, at the Manchester Arena (formerly M.E.N Arena) in Manchester, England. Senchenko lost for the first time as a professional boxer in his last outing against Paul Malignaggi — who Hatton knocked out in 2008 — so it does look like a good matchup for the Brit on paper.
However, given how poorly Hatton took his losses against Mayweather and Pacquiao, I’m not really sure coming back to the ring a good idea. He’s 34 years old, he hasn’t been inside the ring in over three years, and there a decent chance he’ll pick up another loss if he sticks around a while. Heck, Hatton’s fight against Senchenko isn’t a guaranteed win.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.