MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao believes former world champion Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton is making a mistake by coming out of retirement and fighting once again.
Hatton officially retired last year, although he has not fought since 2009, when Pacquiao demolished him via a second-round knockout.
The Briton will return to the ring against Ukraine’s Vyacheslav Senchenko, and Pacquiao believes his former opponent is making a mistake.
“I do not think it is a good idea to come back once a fighter has retired,” Pacquiao said, as quoted by the UK Daily Express.
“It’s not something I plan on doing. I know how hard it is to get back into good boxing shape after being out of the training camp for only three or four months. I cannot imagine what it is like after a number of years,” he added.
Pacquiao said that a boxer will have to regain both physical and mental conditioning in coming back to the sport after a long lay-off.
The Filipino adds, however, that “this is Ricky’s decision to make and I respect him for it.”
Hatton endured a dark period in his life following his loss to Pacquiao, and admitted that he became suicidal.
At the time of his retirement, Hatton had a record of 45 wins and two losses. His only other loss came against unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. in December 2007.