Hatton: I would rather promote Khan than fight him
MANILA, Philippines – British boxing superstar Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton, who has been promoting fighters since his 2009 loss to Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, said he is happy with what he is doing even if has not returned to the ring in over a year.
“At the minute, I don't have the desire to do it. But I'm enjoying what I'm doing at the moment, I get my buzz making champions. Once you've been a champion, the next best thing is trying to make champions of someone else,” Hatton said in a Scottish News report by Graeme Bradley.
He even offered to promote his countryman and friend, World Boxing Association (WBA) light welterweight champion Amir “King Khan” Khan.
“There will be a lot of talk of Amir fighting myself, but I would much prefer to promote him… And I am certain with my help he can become the big star that his talent deserves,” he told Manchester Evening News as quoted by Gavin Glicksman of The Sun.
He also advised Khan on where he should hold his next fight after stopping American Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi in Round 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada last Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
He suggested a summer fight in England: “Of all the great nights I have had, fighting in front of 58,000 people at the City of Manchester Stadium a couple of years ago is something I'm immensely proud of. It will always have a special place in my heart.”
Hatton, meantime, said once again that he will not retire despite his more than a yearlong absence from the ring.
“I'm not going to retire, because I'm only 31, at the end of the day… I'm just going to wait and see, have a bit of time off, and if the fire comes back you might see me back. If it doesn't, it doesn't. That's all I can say on the matter," he said.
He continued: “Boxing is the hardest game in the world and if you don't have that desire then the last place you want to be is in the boxing ring. It was hard for me to get beaten by Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao and I'd hate to get beaten by someone I would have whupped a few years ago because my heart wasn't in it.”
Pacquiao dealt the Briton a devastating 2nd round knockout defeat on May 2, 2009 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It was Hatton’s second career loss. His first loss was courtesy of Mayweather, who scored a 10th round technical knockout victory over Hatton in December 8, 2007.
It was earlier reported in January that Hatton is planning to make a comeback fight this year.