MANILA, Philippines – Retired British champion Ricky Hatton admitted contemplating suicide after suffering a crushing defeat in the hands of Manny Pacquiao.
Hatton, who resorted to drugs and alcohol following his 2nd-round knockout loss to the Filipino, said he struggled with depression.
"It was depression. I was so down, I was crying and breaking down and contemplating suicide,” he said in Ringtv.com.
Hatton was considered a folk hero in his native Manchester, England.
Nicknamed “The Hitman,” he compiled 32 knockout victories in 47 fights.
Among his victims were boxing legend Kostya Tszyu, Paul Malignaggi and Jose Luis Castillo.
However, crucial setbacks to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao were too much for him to take.
Mayweather took him out in 10 rounds. He didn’t get past 2 rounds against Pacquiao.
"Being a proud man and a warrior, to get splattered in two rounds like I did was really hard to come to terms with. When I tried to get back into training, I realized the hunger was gone and my career was over."
Hatton eventually committed himself to rehabilitation after an British tabloid exposed his cocaine use.
He admitted that the expose’ somehow saved him.
"I was having blackouts, days on end whether I was drinking or not when I couldn't remember what had happened in my life. I thank The News of the World because who knows where it could have ended up," said Hatton.