MANILA – Retired British boxer Ricky Hatton maintained the time is ripe for Manny Pacquiao to retire from boxing following the latter’s knockout defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez.
Hatton said it would be better for Pacquiao to stay away from boxing than share the same fate he suffered in his comeback fight.
“When you see someone get knocked out like that, you don't want to see that again, do you?” the boxer nicknamed “The Hitman” told FightHub TV.
In 2009, Hatton suffered a crushing second-round knockout in the hands of Pacquiao.
He mounted a comeback three years later, but was halted by Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko in the 9th round.
“There's always that one more fight… and I made a comeback, I tired to do it. I haven't got it, you know,” Hatton said.
Hatton added that it would be painful for Pacquiao’s legion of fans to see their hero fall again.
He said it would even be more painful for the boxer’s family.
“When Manny knocked me out, it was a brutal knockout and I remember how my poor girlfriend and how my whole family fell,” Hatton recounted.
“I felt so bad, you know, for Manny's poor wife. It's not nice seeing someone knocked out like that.”
Hatton pointed out that Pacquiao has already established his legacy when he won his eighth world title.
“Eight [division] world champion? You don't really need to [fight again]… I’d like to see Manny retire and go down as a legend.”
However, Pacquiao seems bent on reclaiming his lost glory and wants two more fights in 2013.
The Filipino superstar is planning his ring return in April and a fifth fight against Marquez in September.