Pacquiao on Hatton's return: I respect Ricky but he's making a big mistake
13:42 GMT, 21 November 2012
Ricky Hatton is making a big mistake returning to the ring this Saturday. That is the verdict of Manny Pacquiao, the man whose knockout blow consigned the two-weight world champion into retirement three years ago.
The Hitman makes his big comeback this Saturday against Ukraine's former WBA welterweight king Vyacheslav Senchenko in front of a sell-out crowd at Manchester Arena.
But Pacquaio, who brutally defeated Hatton inside two rounds at the MGM Grand in May 2009, thinks the 34-year-old should have stayed away from the ring for good and insisted it is not something he will ever do once he walks away.
Comeback: Ricky Hatton undergoes his final preparations with his trainer Bob Shannon before Saturday's big return
'I do not think it is a good idea to come back once a fighter has retired. It’s not something I plan on doing,' said Pacquaio, quoted in the Daily Express.
'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.'
Pacquiao is preparing for his first fight since controversially losing his WBO welterweight title to Timothy Bradley last June with a fourth fight against rival Juan Manuel Marquez next month in Las Vegas.
Down and out: Manny Pacquiao destroyed Hatton inside two rounds in May 2009 (celebrating, below)
Despite voicing his concerns over Hatton's return, the Filipino legend insisted he respects the Manchester fighter's decision.
'I cannot imagine what it is like after a number of years,' Pacquaio added.
'It’s not just the conditioning, it’s the reflexes, legs, mental conditioning, and so much more.
'But this is Ricky’s decision to make and I respect him for it.'
Crunch test: Hatton will collide with Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Manchester Arena