MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Ricky Hatton said he will go back to retirement if he loses his assignment against Ukrainian boxer Vyacheslav Senchenko this weekend.
Hatton, who spent 3 years away from boxing, is mounting a comeback after emerging from depression following a 2nd-round knockout defeat to Manny Pacquiao.
“I’ll quit if I lose. I’ve suffered depression and it is something I will have until the day I die,” Hatton said in The Sun.
Hatton, who held titles in the junior welterweight and welterweight division, was one of the biggest boxing starts to come out of Britain.
But the Manchester native’s life went in a downward spiral after his crushing defeat to Pacquiao in 2009.
He suffered drug and alcohol abuse and even tried to kill himself before eventually recovering.
Hatton now tries to make a comeback in professional boxing by facing the 35-year-old Senchenko at the Manchester Arena in United Kingdom.
“I feel so much more relaxed — comfortable with myself,” said Hatton.
“There’s a spring in my step, I’m happy at home. You could say that I feel as if I have won already no matter what happens in the fight.”