MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton fanned rumors that he is set to make a boxing comeback after the British boxer released a statement saying he will make a “major announcement” this Friday.
According to Boxing Scene, the statement did not mention any of the boxers in Hatton’s promotional stable, leading many to speculate that Hatton will use the press conference to officially announce his return.
Hatton officially retired last year, but he has not fought since 2009 after losing via a second round knockout to Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
The British boxer also struggled with alcoholism and depression following his loss to Pacquiao, but has since turned his life around and focused on being a boxing promoter.
Rumors that Hatton will be making a boxing comeback started earlier this year when it was reported that the fighter was slowly getting back into shape.
It is widely speculated that if he does returns to boxing, his first fight will be held on November 24 at the MEN Arena in Manchester against a yet to be named opponent.
Hatton won titles at the light-welterweight and welterweight division. Aside from Pacquiao, his only other career loss came at the hands of unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2007.
Hatton won The RING Magazine’s Fighter of the Year award in 2005.