"I was fighting the best pound for pound boxer and I thought I could go in there and win." A lot has been said and written about Ricky Hatton's ups and downs in life. Recently speaking to the media, Hatton explained how his downward spiral commenced with a loss to Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. and proceeded to worsen with his loss to Manny Pacquiao.
These days Hatton is better and can more accept his role in his own demise as well as speak openly about the whole ordeal.
Hatton told Sky Sports it all started with a loss to Mayweather:
"It was well-documented that I had problems with depression, drink and drugs, suicide and all those things," said Hatton to the publication, adding: It's a culmination of things that you end up wanting to take your own life but the start was Mayweather."
Hatton felt life was getting back on track with an excellent win over Paulie Malignaggi (to which he believed was his best performance since his epic win over Kostya Tszyu), but all that forward momentum came to a screeching halt when Hatton met Pacquiao in the ring.
After defeating Malignaggi, Hatton was on a high:
"But then I got Pacquiao and got destroyed, so my frame of mind was going up and down, up and down and that all accumulated in falling out with my parents.," said Hatton, adding: "Then that was where the suicide came into it. I didn't really care where I was going."
For any fan of Boxing... who can't love and respect what Hatton did in the ring? He is what legends are made of, and thankfully, even in life he is a fighter. He remains one of my all time favorites - and I am sure that rings true for you as well.
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